If you or someone you love has been injured while under the care of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Doctors, health care providers, and medical facilities are required to provide their patients a high standard of care. When they fail to meet this standard, they may be held liable for the harm the patient suffered as a result. A medical malpractice lawyer in Coconut Creek, FL can help you recover the damages you deserve.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is a medical malpractice firm that fights for the rights of injured victims in Coconut Creek, Broward County, and all of South Florida. Our attorneys do not get paid until you do. For a free consultation and case evaluation, call us today at 1-800-747-3733.
Our Coconut Creek Lawyers Can Help You Recover Damages
Any situation in which a doctor or health care provider fails to uphold their duty of care toward a patient may qualify as medical malpractice if it resulted in an injury. Our team has helped with many different forms of malpractice, including:
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
A misdiagnosis happens when a doctor has the necessary information to make an accurate and timely diagnosis of a patient’s symptoms but fails to do so. A failure to diagnose refers to a situation in which the doctor is unable to come up with a diagnosis at all.
Both situations can cause a patient to suffer unnecessary harm. Without an accurate diagnosis, a patient cannot begin treating a serious medical condition and the condition may worsen and cause more damage, potentially becoming uncurable.
An inaccurate diagnosis may result in the patient being treated for the wrong condition. The patient may endure adverse side-effects and incur expenses from a treatment or medication that they did not even need.
Commonly misdiagnosed conditions for which we have won medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Heart disease/heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
A patient is vulnerable during surgery, making it essential for every doctor and staff member involved to exercise the utmost care during the procedure. Even a minor lapse in concentration or brief moment of poor judgment can have lifelong — or life-ending — consequences for the patient.
Examples of common surgical errors include:
- Overdosing anesthesia
- Not completing the procedure successfully
- Failing to control bleeding
- Operating on the wrong body part or organ
- Leaving a surgical instrument inside the patient’s body
Negligent Errors in Prescribing or Administering Medication
While prescription drugs can make you better or save your life when used correctly, they can injure or even kill you when taken improperly.
If your doctor prescribed the wrong medication, prescribed the wrong dose, or failed to consider allergies or contra-indications when giving you drugs, and you suffered injury as a result, we can help you hold them liable for malpractice.
Negligence While Treating a Pregnant Patient
If you suffered an injury during pregnancy or childbirth, or your child suffered a birth injury during delivery, we will investigate every party involved and determine if malpractice played a role.
The Elements of a Successful Medical Malpractice Case
Our team of medical malpractice lawyers knows how to structure a case to give it the best chance of success. A winning medical malpractice case is one that proves four things:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant failed to uphold their duty of care;
- You suffered injury as a result of their failure;
- You incurred damages because of your injury.
Duty of Care
We must demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care. This duty applies to all doctors when treating patients, and it extends to anyone in the doctor’s employ — nurses, physicians’ assistants, lab technicians, and so forth.
Failure to Uphold Duty
Next, we must show how the defendant failed to uphold their duty to you. To make this case, we can use the “reasonable person” standard. We will demonstrate that another medical professional with the same education and training would have acted differently and likely produced a better outcome.
We can bring in medical expert witnesses to play the role of the reasonable person and to testify on your behalf.
We then must connect the doctor’s failure to your injury. We can draw upon a number of forms of evidence to make this link clear, including your medical records, lab test results, the defendant’s own statements, and testimony from expert witnesses.
Finally, we have to list the specific damages, both economic and non-economic, that you have incurred because of your injury. Doing so allows us to aggressively pursue the defendant for the full amount.
Our Coconut Creek Medical Malpractice Lawyers Help You Recover Fair Compensation
As a victim of medical malpractice in Coconut Creek, FL, you may be eligible to recover a long list of economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
The Florida Statute of Limitations
Florida has a strict statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. The clock starts running on the date you discover your injury, which may be different from the date it occurred. A personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you sort out any issues with legal deadlines and protect your rights.
Call 1-800-747-3733 for a Free Medical Malpractice Case Evaluation in Coconut Creek, FL
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to medical malpractice, a lawyer from The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help. Call us today at 1-800-777-3733 for a free consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer in Coconut Creek, FL.