Boca Raton Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by his or her physician or another medical professional. This usually occurs when the medical professional fails to perform competently. There are certain rules to medical malpractice cases, which is why it is imperative to hire an attorney to represent your case. Depending on the type of medical malpractice case you have, you may have multiple parties listed in your lawsuit, insurance companies to deal with, and more.
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The Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez are experienced in medical malpractice cases. We have helped countless clients defend their right and earn the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
You shouldn’t have to suffer because of a doctor’s incompetence. After all, you trust your physicians to keep you healthy and safe. Let our team aggressively defend your rights and get you the compensation you need to recover.
Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
In order to qualify for medical malpractice, your case needs:
To prove a doctor-patient relationship existed – This means you must prove that the physician was treating you and therefore responsible for your health and safety.
If you cannot prove that the physician was hired by you to treat you or a loved one, then you may not have a medical malpractice claim. It is easy to prove if there was a relationship – either by proof of an appointment, examining medical records or proof you paid a deductible or copay at their office.
Prove that the physician or medical professional acted negligently – Medical malpractice cases are different than other personal injury cases. You must prove that the doctor acted negligently – and when you are already sick or injured, that is hard to do.
Just because you didn’t like the service or treatment you received does not necessarily mean you are the victim of medical malpractice. You must prove that the doctor failed to provide you with a reasonable level of skill and care.
To prove the negligent actions caused your injuries – Proving negligence isn’t enough. Your medical malpractice lawyers will also need to prove that the negligence caused your injuries.
That means you must prove that they took a specific action that caused your injury or illness and that their incompetence directly related to your current medical status.
Prove that the injury led to damages – Lastly, your attorneys must prove that your injuries also led to losses (also known as damages). If you didn’t suffer any harm, you cannot sue for medical malpractice. Some examples of harm that you may be able to sue for include physical pain, loss of job or additional medical costs.
The Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
There are numerous ways a patient can have a medical malpractice claim – from the doctor making a critical error during surgery to failing to tell a patient about the risks of a certain medication they have prescribed.
Some of the more common types of medical malpractice claims Leifer & Ramirez sees include:
Failure to diagnose – This is when a doctor fails to properly diagnose an illness – and had they diagnosed it early enough, it may have led to a more favorable outcome.
Misdiagnosis – This occurs when a doctor gives an incorrect diagnosis. Their incompetence and failure to give the right diagnosis leads to a more serious illness or even death.
Birth defects or injuries – Whether a doctor fails to perform testing in-utero to determine genetic conditions, prescribes medication that is unsafe for pregnancy or birth defect during birth, these are all cases for medical malpractice.
Surgical errors – This can include everything from operating on the wrong site to complications from anesthesia or serious infection.
Medication errors – this can be filed against the physician or pharmacy.
ER errors – medical errors or misdiagnoses that occur in the emergency room
Unnecessary testing – when a physician tests a patient or makes them endure multiple unnecessary tests, which lead to pain and suffering.
Contact Our Experienced Boca Raton Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical malpractice claims are not like personal injury; you have limited time to file your claim. If you do not file within the statute of limitations, then you could lose your opportunity to collect a settlement altogether.
If you suspect that you are the victim of medical malpractice, then meet with the Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez today. We can assess your case and tell you right away if you have a valid claim. If you do, we will start working to file your claim and collect the compensation you deserve. There is no obligation to hire us after meeting with us and all consultations are confidential.