Hospitals are trusted sources of medical care that save millions of lives every year. Regrettably, even seasoned healthcare staff make mistakes—resulting in serious injuries for their patients. If your loved one was injured in a Florida hospital because its staff were negligent or failed to meet the expected standard of care, they may be entitled to significant compensation.
“When a clinician falls below the standard of care a patient should reasonably receive, they’ve committed medical malpractice,” says Marvin Ross Friedman, a leading attorney at Friedman & Friedman. “If you think a family member suffered due to a medical malpractice incident—or any negligence of hospital staff—you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They can help you determine whether you have a case and take the next steps if you do decide to pursue a lawsuit.”
At Friedman & Friedman, our most important goal is seeking justice for you and your family. So today, we’ll be talking through a few key considerations to take if your family member was injured while being cared for in a Miami hospital.
As defined by law, the term negligence means a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances—resulting in injury, death, or some other loss. If you suspect that your loved one’s clinician was negligent and caused them to become injured, you may have a case—but only if you can gather sufficient proof. That’s why it’s critical to connect with an experienced attorney to help you gather this evidence and prepare your case.
When a loved one is injured in a hospital, it’s important to understand what type of injury occurred—and who would be at fault. Clinician negligence can take many forms, including surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and non-diagnosis. On the other hand, many other injuries that can occur inside of a hospital aren’t necessarily the fault of a single clinician. These injuries cast blame on the hospital as a whole rather than on an individual doctor.
Here are just a few examples of negligent behaviors that can cause injuries to hospital patients:
There are many details involved in proving that a doctor or hospital was negligent in their actions—and responsible for your family member’s injury. You first must be able to prove that a doctor breached their duty of care.
It’s also imperative to understand the statute of limitations on your case. A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a claim. In the state of Florida for a medical malpractice case, you have two years from the time the incident occurred, with certain exceptions.
This is why it is crucial to speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as you can after the incident.
If your family member was harmed by the negligence of hospital employees, then it’s time to connect with the experienced personal injury lawyers at Friedman & Friedman. We’ve established a winning track record in personal injury and medical malpractice cases—resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Be sure to contact us today to learn more about the legal options available to you if your family member was injured in a Miami hospital. Our team is here to listen to your story, understand your goals, and achieve the justice you and your family deserve.