People receiving healthcare from any professional provider have to be mindful of malpractice. Although the majority of doctors, nurses, dentists, and other providers are reliable and professional, malpractice does occur. Since malpractice can take place at any point during the doctor-patient relationship, there are many different types of medical malpractice. Delayed diagnosis, prescribing the wrong medication, pharmaceutical errors, the misapplication of anesthesia, and surgical mistakes are just a few common examples of medical malpractice. Find some basic information below about the effects of malpractice from the experienced attorneys at Friedman & Friedman
There are many potential examples of medical malpractice, and each can impact your life in a different way. Generally speaking medical malpractice can:
- Cause physical suffering
- Cause mental anguish
- Result in the need for additional medical care
- Result in further medical expenses
- Lead to lost earnings or time off work
- Lead to the death of the patient
Your ability to lead a normal life may be drastically altered as a result of medical malpractice. You should know that you can only take action against a care provider that has a clear doctor-patient relationship with you. That means that the doctor must have agreed to provide medical treatment and received consent from you to be treated; this consent is most often given when a patient signs a form upon admittance to a healthcare provider’s office or hospital. You would not be able to file a claim against someone who wrote an article, provided verbal information in a casual setting, or said something that you overheard.
If you have suffered from medical malpractice you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to get your questions answered and find out if you have a case. Call Friedman & Friedman now at (305) 446-6485 (toll free 800-446-6482) if you believe you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice in Florida.