Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Boca Raton, FL
When we need medical attention -- whether for a routine physical, or we aren’t sure what illness we have, or we need surgery -- we put a special kind of trust into doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other medical providers who have the qualifications needed to treat us. We trust these professionals with our health care because they have endured years of schooling and nearly countless hours of training to perform essential medical functions.
Unfortunately, medical care doesn’t always go as planned. Nationwide, many people are given the wrong diagnosis, surgeries that do more harm than good, and otherwise poor attention from medical workers that ultimately leads to a worsening of their conditions or death. When a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider fails to meet the expected standard of care or when a medical provider fails to act or does not act the way another provider with the same training would, medical malpractice occurs.
Medical malpractice is a complex area of law that requires knowledge of the medical field and procedures. If you believe you or a loved one have been wronged by a medical professional or the entities they work for, call the Baker Law Team for a free consultation. You have just two years from the discovery of the incident to file a claim against your medical provider per Florida’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits.
Examples of Medical Malpractice in Boca Raton
Medical malpractice is one of the top causes of death in the United States. According to a study by John Hopkins University, more than 250,000 deaths occur each year because of medical errors. There is seemingly no end to the number of ways a person could deteriorate or die while in the hands of medical professionals. Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice are:
When anesthesia is used incorrectly, it can seriously harm or kill a patient undergoing a procedure. Some of the things that can go wrong when administering anesthesia include:
- Choosing the wrong anesthetic
- Administering drugs that interact negatively with each other
- Administering the wrong dose of a drug
- Failing to monitor the patient’s vitals
- Failing to act on the patient’s vitals
- Failing to intubate
- Using faulty equipment
- Failing to give the patient the necessary surgical instructions
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency departments are under significant pressure to save lives nearly every minute of every day. These are hectic, high-stress environments in which the average person is not used to working; however, emergency room doctors and nurses are trained professionals and are expected to uphold a high standard of care for their patients. Emergency room errors may include:
- Misreading of x-rays, medical charts, and test results
- Failing to diagnose cardiac problems
- Misdiagnosis/delaying a diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Improper or contaminated blood transfusion
- Conducting the wrong tests
- Delayed treatment of a condition
Emergency room errors can quickly turn deadly. If you’ve lost a loved one because the emergency room staff failed to do their jobs correctly, contact our firm as soon as possible.
While the hospital itself may not operate on you, they hire the people who do. If a hospital is found to have hired people without conducting background checks or verifying their medical degrees and certifications, and their failure to do so led to an injury or the worsening of your condition, they may be named as a liable party in your lawsuit.
Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
Misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional fails to diagnose a patient’s condition correctly. A person who is being treated for the wrong condition can suffer serious health complications. Not only can the patient react poorly to the treatment, but it also delays the proper diagnosis, giving the patient less time to treat the real problem. The worst outcome of misdiagnosis is death.
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are top reasons for medical malpractice claims in Boca Raton. Common conditions that doctors fail to identify the first time are:
- Various types of cancer, including breast, lung, ovarian, and prostate cancer
- Brain tumors
- Ectopic pregnancy
Examples of negligence that may form the basis of a misdiagnosis lawsuit are:
- Failure to take a patient’s claims seriously
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Failure to examine a patient’s medical history
- Ordering the wrong tests
- Misinterpreting test results
When you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, count on the Baker Law Team to protect your interests and hold the liable parties accountable for your suffering.
Medical Device Errors
Thousands of patients rely on medical devices to give them a better quality of life or help them survive; yet, when these devices fail to function properly, people get hurt.
Three major types of medical device defects may form the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit in which the manufacturer of the device may be liable. These are:
- Manufacturing Defects
- Design Defects
- Inadequate Warnings
Patients may also suffer injuries when medical professionals fail to use devices properly. Improper training, inadequate knowledge, recklessness, or negligence on behalf of a medical professional treating a patient may also lead to a civil action against the professional.
Boca Raton Medical Malpractice Lawyers are On Your Side
Attorney Robert B. Baker of Baker Law Team is a civil trial lawyer who is not afraid of taking medical professionals, the entities they work for, and others who may be responsible for the harm caused to you or your family member to court.
When you need legal expertise regarding medical malpractice in Boca Raton, you can count on the Baker Law Team to provide pertinent information and guide the decisions you make so that you can receive the best possible outcome. With 30 years of experience, our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers are on your side. It may be possible to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of consortium, and more.
Do not hesitate to reach our firm at no cost to you. There is a time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim, so complete our contact form or call (561) 320-000 for a free consultation.