Every patient in Florida and across the United States deserves competent medical care. When we go to a hospital, we expect to get better rather than worse. Sadly, hospital negligence can lead to serious injuries and, in the most serious cases, death. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to hospital negligence, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how to navigate these types of claims and pursue the compensation that our clients deserve for their harm.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at a hospital play a vital role in a patient’s treatment and recovery. When these health care providers make an error, it can have serious consequences for a patient’s health. Some examples of hospital errors include but are not limited to:
- Administering the wrong medication;
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication;
- Performing the wrong medical procedure on a patient;
- Performing a procedure on the wrong body part;
- Failing to follow a doctor’s orders;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis of a particular condition; or
- Allowing bedsores to develop.
Under Florida law, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional does not follow the accepted standard of care, causing injuries or death to a patient. The ‘accepted standard of care’ refers to the level of care that another medical professional in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances. The standard of care is generally established by using expert testimony from other medical professionals in the defendant’s field. In order to win in a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff must show that the medical professional failed to use the appropriate standard of care, and that failure was a direct and proximate cause of the patient’s harm.
Once medical malpractice is established, the injured patient can recover both economic and non-economic damages. Some of these damages include present and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and any other losses arising from the malpractice.
As with any other type of claim, medical malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time limit, known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations is two years from discovering the injury (or when you should have discovered the injury) or, at the latest, four years from when the malpractice took place. Failing to file a claim within this time frame could mean losing your right to sue altogether.
The unfortunate reality is that hospital negligence can leave patients in far worse conditions than what they had when they initially came in for treatment. The skilled Miami medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon have years of experience and can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your harm. You can rest assured that we can thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and hold a negligent party accountable. For more information on how we can assist you, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.
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