Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional deviates from the standard of care for their profession in a way that causes injury to their patient. It only takes one negligent action or small mistake by a healthcare professional to alter your life forever. We understand just how difficult it is to deal with the consequences of a medical error that could have been prevented and understand the challenges you may face now and in the future. We have the experience, skill, and resources necessary to hold negligent healthcare providers accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to a healthcare provider’s improper actions or omissions, call our office for a free consultation with medical malpractice attorney Prosper Shaked.
How to Choose the Best Medical Malpractice Attorney For Your Case
All medical malpractice lawyers are personal injury lawyers, but not many personal injury lawyers are medical malpractice lawyers. Medical malpractice cases are not like other personal injury cases such as car accidents, slip and falls, or dog bites. To win a case involving medical negligence, your lawyer will need to have a superior command of law and medicine. This is because the defendant is likely a sophisticated physician who has spent over a decade studying at top universities, followed by years of training and experience in their field.
When searching for a medical malpractice lawyer, you should consider hiring an attorney who has specialized knowledge in your case’s specific type of medicine. An attorney will never know more about a particular medical issue than a physician who has spent years learning and training in their specialty. In the same way, there are doctors for different body parts and procedures; there are medical malpractice lawyers for different types of medical malpractice. The best medical malpractice lawyer for your case may be the one who has experience working with the type of medicine involved in your case.
Proving Medical Malpractice in Florida
To prove that doctor or healthcare professional committed medical malpractice, the victim of must establish the following four different elements:
- Was a duty of care owed to you, the patient?
- Did the healthcare provider fail to meet the standard of care?
- Did their failure to provide you the standard of care result in injury?
- Was the injury or damage causally related to the medical provider’s breach of the standard of care?
Each of these elements must be established in order to recover compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. There are many ways that this could happen, including many common errors, mistakes, or outright negligent actions that could lead to patient harm.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases that We Handle
Most cases of medical malpractice are due to pure negligence or recklessness. Additionally, medical malpractice can result from inexperienced medical professionals who are not provided enough oversight when providing care for patients.
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice cases that we handle involve:
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Failure to diagnose compartment syndrome
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Nerve damage caused by surgical error
- Dental malpractice
- Ophthalmologist and Optometrist malpractice
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Emergency room delays and errors
- Prescription medication errors
- Allergic reactions to medication
- Hospital acquired infections
- Hospital negligence
- Cardiothoracic (CT) surgical errors
- Amputation errors
- Nurse Malpractice
- Gynecological surgical malpractice
- Foreign objects left inside of body during surgery
- Surgical tools left inside body following surgery
- Retained sponge following surgery
What Type of Compensation Can the Victim of Medical Malpractice Recover?
The victim of medical malpractice is legally entitled to recover for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, disfigurement, and loss of companionship. While economic damages like medical expenses and lost wages are easily calculated, it is much more difficult to quantify non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
How Long Does a Person have to Sue for Medical Malpractice in Florida?
Unfortunately, most victims of medical malpractice do not realize they generally have a limited two-year period to bring a claim. This two-year time period is known as the statute of limitations period. There are certain exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations for claims of medical malpractice.
How a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Could Help You Recover
Medical malpractice is a complex field that is extremely difficult to navigate without the help of an experienced attorney. At Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys we have spent years representing individuals and their family members recover from negligent healthcare providers.
As with most medical malpractice attorneys in Florida, we work on a contingency fee. We offer free consultations, pay the upfront costs of a lawsuit, and only get our attorney’s fees paid after we recover compensation for you. This means there is no upfront cost or financial risk to working with us.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or died due to negligent medical treatment, call Prosper Shaked for a free and confidential consultation by dialing (305) 694-2676. Although our office is in Miami, we successfully represent clients throughout the State of Florida. During your free case evaluation, we will thoroughly review the facts and circumstances of your case and provide you with valuable insight regardless of whether you decide to hire our law firm. We stand committed to protecting residents of Miami-Dade County who have been wronged by healthcare providers. Learn how we can dedicate our attention and years of experience to you and your family today.