The results of medical malpractice can be heartbreaking. Medical negligence can cause permanent injuries or death, even when the medical procedure or care was routine and seemingly safe. The hardest part for victims and families to bear is the fact that the harm was completely avoidable.
We put our trust in doctors and other medical professionals, often putting our lives in their hands whether we want to or not. When things go wrong, it does not always mean that malpractice occurred. Modern medicine is still a work in progress. Some conditions cannot be cured, complications still occur, and some wounds are beyond repair. But when harm is caused by medical negligence, mistakes or wrongdoing, you deserve justice and full compensation.
My Price Lawyers connects medical malpractice victims like you with experienced and affordable med mal attorneys in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando, Sebring, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas.
Please call us at (888) 473-6137 for a free claim evaluation to get started.
You Can Afford a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or someone you love has suffered medical malpractice injuries, you are probably already facing considerable expenses for medical care and other expenses created by the injury. You may have missed work or lost your ability to earn a living. You may be grappling with overwhelming personal loss including a significantly shortened life expectancy or permanently diminished quality of life.
My Price Lawyers is here to connect you with an experienced and dedicated medical malpractice attorney that you can afford. We will direct you to a lawyer in our network at no charge. All you need to do is call us at (888) 473-6137 to schedule your free claim evaluation.
The attorneys in our network represent medical malpractice victims and their families on a contingency fee basis. That means no retainer and no hourly attorneys’ fees. Instead, attorneys’ fees are a percentage of the money that you recover through your settlement or verdict at trial. So, if you do not win there is no fee.
You owe it to yourself to pursue the compensation you deserve. This is your opportunity to hold the medical professional or facility accountable for the harm that they have caused and possibly prevent it from happening to someone else in the future.
Understanding Medical Negligence
Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, is not always involved when there is a poor outcome. Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional or facility performs below the accepted standard of care, by their action or inaction. Doctors, hospitals and others are not always honest and forthcoming when they make mistakes and may even try to convince you that your injuries were an unfortunate but accepted risk of the care or procedure you received or an inevitable outcome of your condition.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you determine if you were indeed the victim of medical malpractice and help you pursue the justice you need so badly.
Some common types of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a medical condition or injury
- Obstetrical negligence causing injury to the mother or baby
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Emergency room malpractice
- Psychiatric malpractice
Who can be Held Responsible for Medical Malpractice?
Too many medical malpractice victims never pursue justice because they do not think they have legal recourse. Medical malpractice is not just the territory of doctors, surgeons and hospitals. Any type of healthcare professional or healthcare facility can be held responsible for medical negligence. Basic standards of care still apply even if you had an elective procedure, such as cosmetic surgery, in high-risk environments such as emergency rooms and in non-voluntary settings such as correctional facilities. Even people with whom you had no direct contact, such as laboratories, can be held liable or their mistakes.
Medical malpractice cases can be very complex. An experienced and dedicated medical malpractice attorney will track down who can be held responsible for the harm you have suffered, and help you pursue full compensation.
Examples of those who can be held liable for medical negligence include:
- General practitioners
- Cosmetic surgeons
- Physical therapists
- Nursing homes
- Mental institutions
- Rehabilitation centers
- Out-patient facilities
- Urgent care centers
- Correctional facilities
- Ambulance companies
Failure to Diagnose
Diagnostic error is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis of a disease, condition medical event or injury are all typically referred to simply as “failure to diagnose”. Failure to diagnose can have serious consequences including delayed treatment, more invasive treatment, inability to treat effectively and death. There are many reasons why diagnostic errors happen and many ways in which they can happen.
Medical negligence leading to failure to diagnose can include:
- Not responding to symptoms reported by patient
- Failure to recognize symptoms or early warning signs
- Belief that the patient is not a candidate for the condition
- Discharging emergency room patients too soon
- Errors in recording intake interview
- Failure to take a full patient history
- Failure to consider a patient’s medical history or family history
- Failure to consider known risk factors
- Failure to order appropriate tests
- Choosing not to recommend appropriate tests due to financial concerns
- Improper administration of tests
- Laboratory error
- Improper reading of test results
- Failure to follow up with patient
- Lying to patient about results – intentional misdiagnosis
The consequences of failure to diagnose often mean that you require more extensive treatment than you would have needed with accurate and timely diagnosis. The expense for treatment can be exponentially more than early treatment. An experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer can help you get compensation that can pay for your medical care, pain and suffering and more.
Surgical errors can happen even during routine and minimally invasive procedures. All surgeries carry some risk, but when mistakes are made the harm that results is not an accepted risk of surgery.
Examples of surgical errors include:
- Unsanitary conditions, including dirty surgical instruments, leading to infections
- Objects left inside the body after surgery
- Wrong site surgery – surgery on the wrong body part, wrong part of an organ or limb, wrong side of the body, or wrong patient
- Injury to tissue that should not have been involved in the surgery including nerves, veins, muscles, organs, and other tissues
- Inappropriate procedure based on patient’s medical history or current condition
- Aesthesia error
- Improper administration of fluids and electrolytes
- Unreasonably prolonged procedure
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Failure to provide proper pre-operative or post-operative instructions
- Inadequate aftercare
Obstetrical negligence can harm the mother or the baby. Birth injuries are not always avoidable, but many are the result of medical negligence.
A baby who survives birth injuries may need extensive and ongoing medical care. They may have permanent disabilities, and some will never be able to live independently. The expenses of birth injuries can be life-long, and far more than any family can anticipate or afford.
When medical negligence caused the birth injury, you can recover compensation that can pay for your child’s needs and give them access to the advanced medical care and breakthrough treatments that insurance will not pay for. But you will need the help of an experienced and determined birth injury attorney.
My Price Lawyers is here to connect you with an experienced and affordable birth injury attorney so that you can get full compensation and provide the best or your child. Our attorneys represent birth injury victims and their families in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area and throughout Florida.
When a mother is seriously harmed or loses her life during pregnancy or childbirth, it is shattering for the entire family. Nothing can make up for the loss, and the medical negligence that led to it is inexcusable. Full compensation for obstetrical negligence may seem like a small measure of justice now, but if you are an injured mother it can be a means to provide for your child if you are no longer able to earn a living. For families who have lost a mother, it can ease the financial burden and restore opportunities otherwise lost to your child.
Obstetrical negligence that can lead to harm to the mother, baby or both include:
- Failure to detect and treat infections in the mother or fetus
- Failure to address diabetes, including gestational diabetes, in the mother
- Administration of inappropriate medications to the mother
- Failure to detect preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome
- Failure to detect placenta previa
- Failure to detect placental insufficiency
- Failure to detect and respond to placental abruption
- Failure to detect and respond to amniotic fluid emergency
- Failure to detect Rh incompatibility
- Other unaddressed medical problems in the mother or fetus
- Miscalculation of due date resulting in premature or post mature delivery
- Miscalculation of the size of the fetus
- Failure to properly address abnormal position of fetus
- Improper use of delivery instruments
- Inappropriate use of Pitocin to induce or speed up labor
- Failure to monitor fetus
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Failure to perform emergency delivery when needed
- Inappropriate emergency delivery method
- Excessive force or haste during delivery
- Dropped baby
- Failure to give oxygen to newborns when needed
- Failure to respond to problems in newborn such as jaundice, seizures, or infections
Find a Med Mal Lawyer Near You!
If you believe that your child’s birth injuries or death were the result of medical negligence, My Price Lawyers is here to help you connect with an experienced and affordable medical malpractice attorney. Please, call us today at (888) 473-6137 or contact us online right away.
We represent medical malpractice victims in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas throughout the state of Florida.
Call today. Time is of the essence.