Medical Malpractice in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical malpractice is the legal term for a medical mistake so severe that it falls below the medical profession's basic standards. Most of us think of mistakes as intentional acts, and medical negligence can certainly be that kind of mistake. But just as often, medical malpractice can be a failure to act – for example, a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis. When doctors, nurses, medical centers and others make this kind of mistake, the Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys at J. Scott Gunn, P.A help victims hold them legally and financially responsible for the results.
Any kind of medical professional can be responsible for medical malpractice, but every bad outcome is not necessarily malpractice. In order to meet the definition of medical malpractice in Fort Lauderdale, a mistake must be so severe that it doesn't meet the basic standards of the professional's field or community. Common reasons for a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Failure to diagnose, particularly when immediate treatment is vital, as with a stroke
- Failure to act on a diagnosis
- Giving the wrong kind of drug, or drugs in the wrong amount
- Leaving a surgical implement inside a patient's body
- Surgical removal of the wrong limb or organ
- Hospital-borne infections (such as MRSA)
- Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy and other forms of brain damage, Erb's palsy and mechanical birth trauma
Medical malpractice cases are very complicated, requiring thorough investigation of their medical causes and the victim's future medical needs. The injuries can be very severe, sometimes including a lifetime of disability and lost income, which your Fort Lauderdale malpractice lawyer must carefully calculate. Generally, you will need to hire an expert in the relevant medical field in order to document your clams and testify about them in front of a jury. Because so much money is at stake, Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice cases are often also long and hard-fought, with the malpractice insurance company pushing back at every step. And because medical malpractice is a political issue, cases can be complicated by special rules and limitations. For all these reasons, it's vital to get an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to handle your claim.
If you're a victim of medical malpractice in Fort Lauderdale, you have the right to recover financial damages that cover your future medical needs as well as compensate you for your suffering. Florida allows victims of medical malpractice in Fort Lauderdale to recover financial damages, such as all past and future medical care and lost income. It also allows recovery of compensation for non-financial but very real injuries, such as a permanent disability or chronic pain. At J. Scott Gunn, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys have the experience to help our clients get the recoveries they deserve, even when the medical professional and the insurance company push back. We're proud of our strong record of results over more than 18 years of practicing law. Our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys pride ourselves on our commitment to personal care and clear communication in each and every case.
J. Scott Gunn, P.A., offers free, confidential consultations, so you can talk to our Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys about your rights and your legal options at no risk or obligation. To set up a meeting, call us toll-free at 1-866-286-4530 or send us a message through our website.