St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice Attorney
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The overwhelming majority of Florida’s physicians provide dedicated, competent, and professional medical treatment and care. While unavoidable complications do occur in which there is no basis for any liability on the part of the hospital or physician, there are circumstances where the treatment rendered is below the expected standard of care. If you suspect such circumstances have occurred and have resulted in an injury, your medical treatment should be reviewed by an independent medical expert who has the same level of training and expertise as the physician whose treatment is in question.
Following an initial screening to determine if the circumstances of your case merit further review, our St. Petersburg medical malpractice attorney can locate and retain the experts necessary to examine your case in detail and provide the testimony necessary to establish liability and your right to recover damages.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Just as drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the road, medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and other staff owe a duty of care to their patients. The standard of care is the established level of care, skill, and treatment that is recognized as acceptable by healthcare providers.
When medical professionals fail to provide patients with adequate care and either injure them or worsen their existing health conditions, they can be held responsible for negligence in a medical malpractice claim. The most common types of medical malpractice are medication errors, errors in diagnosis, pregnancy or childbirth errors, and surgical errors.
Medical professionals can further harm their patients when they make a mistake in prescribing or administering medication. These errors also include failing to dispense the proper medication at the right time, giving an incorrect dosage, or failing to notice a harmful drug interaction.
Errors in Diagnosis
One of the most common forms of medical negligence is a misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis. There are many medical conditions that can be difficult to diagnose due to a lack of symptoms or even symptoms that overlap with other kinds of conditions. When doctors aren’t trained properly or fail to order the necessary diagnostic tests, they can miss a diagnosis.
Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:
- Heart attacks
- Blood clots
- Tumors or masses
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
Pregnancy & Childbirth Errors
Unfortunately, errors can happen all the time during pregnancy and childbirth, which can impact both the mother and child and change the way they live their lives. These errors can be made when doctors aren’t mindful of the complications that can occur. Besides general surgeons, OB/GYN doctors have the highest number of medical malpractice claims each year.
Examples of pregnancy and childbirth negligence include:
- Surgical errors during C-section deliveries
- Misdiagnosis of placental abnormalities
- Nerve injuries to the baby during delivery
- Failure to recognize signs of conditions like gestational diabetes
Infections can also occur after childbirth if the medical professional is not properly sanitized, which can cause serious damage to the infant.
Surgeries are high-stakes procedures and any small error that is made can result in serious injuries and even death. Surgical errors can occur even during routine procedures, though spinal surgeries are associated with the highest number of surgical mistakes.
Some examples of surgical errors that can contribute to further injuries include:
- Knowingly using defective or dirty equipment
- Failing to control bleeding
- Damaging a nerve during surgery
- Performing the wrong operation
- Performing unneeded operations
- Giving the patient an incorrect dose of anesthesia
- Failing to obtain informed consent before surgery
- Leaving medical sponges or surgical instruments inside the patient
You need compassionate and aggressive advocacy from a trusted firm after you’ve been injured. Call our St. Petersburg medical malpractice attorney today at (727) 339-5570.