Medical Errors and Florida Injury Claims
When seeking medical care, you are doing so to achieve the best possible health outcome. While there are many examples of great care being provided by medical teams, there is also the distressing reality that medical errors can and do happen.
Recovering from a medical mistake may mean additional treatments and high expenses. The impact these errors can have on a person’s life can be life changing. To discuss the possibility of pursuing a recovery settlement, share the details of your situation with Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyer.
An Alarming Common Problem
While many people believe a medical error could never happen to them, the truth is mistakes in US healthcare facilities are more common than most people realize. According to Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country. This means they are connected to approximately 250,000 deaths each year. Of course there is a wide range of errors, from misdiagnosis to surgical mistakes. Many cases of medical errors go unreported, but there are paths to justice with the guidance of a seasoned attorney.
Establishing negligence will rely on proving certain factors.
- Duty of care. Healthcare providers have a responsibility to provide patients with a duty of care, meaning the patient would receive the same level of care from their healthcare team that they could reasonably expect to receive from another team in the same geographical area with the same training.
- Breach of that duty. Then, if a medical provider or healthcare facility breaches their duty of care, such as deviating from the standard of care expected in similar circumstances, they could be held liable.
- There needs to be a direct connection between the breach of duty and the injuries or harm that an individual has sustained.
An injury lawyer can review your situation and determine if you have the evidence to build a strong claim, whether a medical professional failed to diagnose a condition accurately, administered the wrong medication, made a surgical mistake, or exposed you to preventable infections due to inadequate sanitation and hygiene.
Initial Consultations and Building a Case
Your first step is to schedule a consultation with an injury lawyer. This fee-free meeting is an opportunity for you to ask questions and for the attorney to share with you the validity of your claim.
Next, if you choose to work with the attorney, they will launch the process of gathering relevant medical records, test results, expert testimony, and other documentation that support your claim. With this supporting evidence, your Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyer will work to establish the elements of medical malpractice and demonstrate the negligence of the healthcare provider.
Who do you believe is responsible for your substandard care? By understanding the prevalence of medical errors and the legal process for pursuing personal injury claims, you can seek the justice you deserve, which is not only essential for your own recovery but will also promote safer healthcare practices for the entire community. Talk to the attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez to learn more. Schedule your initial consultation today, call 561-660-9421.