Burn injuries impact a number of people in Florida and throughout the United States every year. When you go to a hospital or clinic for a burn injury, you expect medical professionals to treat the injury with the utmost care. You certainly don’t expect the injury to get worse. Unfortunately, the reality is that medical professionals sometimes mistakenly choose treatments that may exacerbate the burn. If you suffered additional damage to an existing burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Burn injuries can be extremely painful and leave the burn victim with long-term, even permanent, scars. A burn is defined as an injury to the flesh, tissue or skin caused by fire, electricity, chemicals, radiation or excessive friction. Burns can be classified in four different ways. First-degree burns refer to superficial burns that leave the skin red but with no blisters. Second-degree burns, also known as partial-thickness burns, extend beyond the top layer of the skin and lead to swelling and blistering. Third-degree burns, also known as full-thickness burns, extend through every layer of the skin, leaving the skin with a white, leathery appearance. Fourth-degree burns are the same as third-degree burns except they extend beyond the skin into the tendons and bones.
Physicians and medical professionals are trained to ask certain questions and look out for certain symptoms to be able to identify and treat a burn correctly. When medical professionals exacerbate a burn injury, they may be liable for medical malpractice. Under Florida law, medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional is negligent. Negligence, in this context, occurs when a medical professional causes harm by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same situation.
All states set their own limits on how long a patient has to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, and Florida is no exception. In Florida, the statute of limitations is two years after discovering the injury (or when you should have discovered the injury) or, at the latest, four years from when the malpractice took place. Failure to file a claim within this time frame could mean losing your right to sue altogether.
Burn injury victims often have to deal with injuries such as scarring, disfigurement, hearing or sight impairment, mobility issues, and/or paralysis. When these injuries are made worse due to medical malpractice, the results can be devastating and extremely costly to treat. Fortunately, victims of medical malpractice in Florida can recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and any other losses arising from the malpractice.
Medical malpractice claims are complex, and having the right Miami medical malpractice attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. We proudly take on clients from across South Florida. We will examine the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. Please do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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