When you go to a doctor or other medical professional for any reason, you must trust that the care you receive will work towards resolving whatever the issue was that brought you there in the first place. However, when an accident or mistake occurs the results can be devastating.
If you are injured, or worse, as the result of some procedure or treatment that has gone wrong, you will want to know what happened and if the professional who performed the service or the facility itself can and should be held accountable.
The answers to these questions determine if you are the victim of medical malpractice.
Types of Medical Malpractice
It is important to understand that medical doctors are not the only medical professionals who may be responsible for committing some type of negligent act which could lead to injury and/or death. Licensed medical professionals which include: dentists, nurses, anesthesiologists, nursing home staffs, psychiatrists, x-ray technicians, and more can be held liable for damages.
The types of medical malpractice are quite numerous and can involve:
- Birth injuries
- Improperly filled prescriptions
- Unsterile conditions
- Anesthesia error
- Failure to order or perform tests
- Surgical error
How do you know if it’s medical malpractice?
A negative medical outcome does not automatically mean you have experienced malpractice. In addition, it would be unreasonable to expect that all ailments can be remedied immediately. This would not constitute malpractice, nor would common side effects from drugs.
Florida Statute 766.102 states you may have a medical malpractice claim if you sustained an injury because of a health care provider’s negligence. However, the laws involving medical malpractice are complicated. This statute goes on to say that it is the injured party’s responsibility to prove the injury was a result of violating the professional standard of care.
You will need to consult with an experienced attorney who can determine If you have are a victim of medical malpractice.
What to do if you think you may be a victim of medical malpractice
Most people don’t have the medical knowledge to determine if a mistake was made and if some action should be taken. That’s why it’s vitally important that if you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, you should meet with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. In the state of Florida you have only two years to file a civil claim for medical malpractice.
Contact Tallahassee Attorney Collin Cherry to discuss your case
If an error has been made by a medical professional and you have been injured, you have many questions and may be frustrated. Collin Cherry understands this. He will answer your questions, give you an informed evaluation, as well as the peace of mind you need. Call for a free consultation at 850-224-1100 to discuss your situation and determine whether you have medical malpractice case.