When you need care at a hospital, clinic or surgery center, you count on the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to act ethically and professionally. If you are injured due to negligence, it could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The Orlando medical malpractice lawyers at the Holden & Darby law practice can help you recover damages. As part of our client service, we work in conjunction with a highly experienced personal injury and medical malpractice firm to help you with your case.
Types of Medical Malpractice in Florida
Injuries sustained because of medical malpractice may include:
Prescription errors and overdoses, common medical errors – This can happen when a medical professional writes the wrong prescription, when a nurse administers the wrong medication, when a medical professional prescribes too much of a medication, when a pharmacy fills the wrong prescription, or when illegible handwriting on a prescription leads to a mistake.
Failure to diagnose medical emergencies – A condition like a heart attack or cancer may seem easy to diagnose. In reality, a heart attack could be mistaken for indigestion. A cancer diagnosis may get missed, and by the time it’s found, it’s in a late stage. Situations like this may be grounds for medical malpractice lawsuits. This also may include any negligent care you may receive during an emergency room visit.
Surgical mistakes – This can include any accidents that happen while you’re in the operating room, including wrong-site surgery, which happens when a doctor operates on the wrong body part. It also may include any items mistakenly left behind after a surgery, such as surgical sponges. This type of medical malpractice can also include improper follow-up or aftercare following a surgery or other procedure in a hospital, clinic or doctors’ office.
Failure to provide surgery or proper care in a timely manner – If your treatment is delayed due to a medical professional’s negligence and it leads to serious health consequences, it may be grounds for medical malpractice.
Hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections – Serious healthcare-associated infections such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), blood infections like sepsis, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections (SSI) or ventilator-associated events (VAE) can cause long-term harm. These are considered “never events” by many healthcare quality groups.
Birth injuries – The birth of your child is supposed to be a joyous time. If a medial practitioner’s negligence causes harm to either the mom or the baby, permanent injuries could result.
Wrongful Death Due to Medical Malpractice
Unfortunately, some medical mistakes, prescription errors and other events lead to the wrongful death of a family member or close friend. If this happens due to negligence, you’ll want a wrongful death attorney to stand up for your loved one’s rights and help you recover damages.
When to Call an Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, contact an Orlando medical malpractice lawyer immediately. In Florida, medical malpractice cases have a statute of limitations of two years. The burden of proof will be on you to show that a medical professional’s negligence led to a serious or debilitating health condition.
The attorneys at the Holden & Darby law practice can help. Our offices are conveniently located in Tavares, the county seat of Lake County. We serve clients in Lake, Sumter, Seminole, Orange, Polk, Osceola, Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties.
Call or email us today for a consultation.