If you or your loved one has suffered harm because of the medical negligence of a doctor or other health care professional, a Boynton Beach medical malpractice lawyer at the law firm of Boynton Law is prepared to fight for you to secure justice. Our team of experienced attorneys and legal staff members is dedicated to helping our clients recover maximal damages to make them whole.
Medical errors can cause worsened conditions, further injuries, or death. Once you discover that your injuries were caused by the malpractice of a doctor, nurse, or other health care staff members, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney at Boynton Law as soon as possible to learn about your rights and legal options.
Our Boynton Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help with Your Claim
At Boynton Law, we have witnessed the devastation people can experience when they are the victims of a doctor’s medical negligence. We understand the high emotional and financial costs that you might face and can help you to hold the negligent party accountable for his or her actions.
Call Boynton Law today at (561) 269-6866 to schedule a free consultation. We can evaluate your case and explain whether it has legal merits.
Different Types of Medical Malpractice in Florida
There are many different types of medical malpractice that sometimes occur in Florida. Whenever a doctor or other health care provider provides care that fails to meet the accepted standard of care, the doctor or other provider might be liable to pay damages when a patient suffers harm as a result. Some of the common types of medical malpractice are detailed below.
Failure to Diagnose
A failure to diagnose happens when a doctor does not diagnose a patient who has symptoms of a condition that another physician in the same practice area would have likely identified correctly. Failures to diagnose might happen because of ignoring test results, misreading lab reports, or carelessness. When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient, the patient may suffer serious harm if he or she has a progressive condition such as cancer.
When a patient is misdiagnosed with the wrong medical condition, he or she will not receive the correct treatment for the condition that he or she has. When a patient receives unnecessary treatment for a different condition, it can cause worsened symptoms, unnecessary surgeries, and other types of harm. The medical condition he or she has can also continue progressing, resulting in a worsened prognosis.
Medication errors can be very harmful to patients. Some of the different ways that a doctor, pharmacist, or nurse can make a medication mistake include the following:
- Wrong dose errors
- Missed dose errors
- Double dose errors
- Wrong medication errors
- Wrong instructions errors
- Wrong patient errors
- Drug interaction or allergy errors
Medication errors can cause overdoses, severe allergic reactions, and other injuries.
Surgical errors are frequently reported by the news media when they occur. Some of the different types of surgical mistakes include the following:
- Wrong side surgeries
- Unnecessary surgeries
- Wrong patient surgeries
- Items left behind inside of patients after surgery
Birth injuries can be very tragic for both the children and their parents. When labor and delivery staff and physicians make medical mistakes during the labor and delivery process, the babies and mothers can suffer permanent injuries or death. If your infant suffered birth injuries such as Erb’s palsy or cerebral palsy, contact Boynton Law.
Some dentists commit medical errors when they practice dentistry, including surgical errors, anesthesia errors, and others. If you have suffered serious injuries from a dental procedure because of mistakes made by your dentist, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer at Boynton Law.
Medical Malpractice vs. Dissatisfaction
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your treatment, that does not necessarily mean that your doctor was negligent. Medical malpractice occurs when the treatment provided falls below the expected standard of care for physicians in the same practice field in the area, resulting in harm to the patient. Your attorney can carefully review what happened in your case to determine whether medical malpractice has occurred.
To recover compensation in a medical malpractice claim, you will have the burden of proving that the doctor or other health care professional was negligent and that his or her actions or inactions resulted in your injuries and losses. To prove medical negligence, you will need to present evidence to prove each of the following elements:
1. The doctor owed you a duty of care.
Before you can hold a doctor liable for medical negligence, you must show that you had a doctor-patient relationship. The physician must have agreed to treat you and have taken affirmative steps to do so. Once you establish that a doctor-patient relationship existed, you will be able to show the doctor owed a duty of care to you as his or her patient.
2. The doctor breached the duty of care.
The second element of medical negligence you will need to prove is that the doctor’s care breached the expected standard of care for doctors in the same field in the community. Proving this element will likely require you to retain a medical expert who can provide an expert opinion that your doctor’s care fell below the expected standard of care.
3. The doctor’s breach of the duty of care caused your injuries.
To recover compensation in a medical malpractice claim, you must show that you suffered injuries because of your doctor’s mistake. If you were not injured, you will not be able to recover damages.
4. You suffered actual damages because of your doctor’s negligence.
The final element of a medical negligence cause of action is that you must have suffered actual damages, including economic or non-economic losses. These might include additional medical expenses, wage losses, and physical pain and suffering, among others.
Get Help from a Boynton Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Boynton Law
It is important for you to contact Boynton Law as soon as you discover you were injured because of the medical negligence of a doctor or other health care professional. Our attorneys have years of experience and can help you to understand whether you might have a claim. Call us today at (561) 269-6866 to schedule a free case evaluation.