Full term pregnancy normally lasts 39 to 40 weeks. However, circumstances do exist where babies are born early, doctors call these premature births. Babies can survive outside the womb as early as 24 weeks, but they face many challenges on their way to heading home. While there are many natural reasons for a baby to… Read More
Doctors go to school for years to train and practice before they see a patient on their own. Yet as the joke goes, the one who graduates at the bottom of a medical school class is still called doctor. When a doctor or other medical professional is negligent then they have opened themselves to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
To prove malpractice, a plaintiff needs to prove three things:
That they experienced an injury
That the injury was caused by a medical procedure or medical advice
That the procedure or advice was negligent, that is, outside of the standard practices of medical professionals in similar situations.
Medicine is a risky field by its nature. Most doctors carry malpractice insurance and will have to face a lawsuit at least once, and possibly many more depending on their specialty. Not all of these cases result in a favorable outcome for plaintiffs. Doctors will use their experience to claim that they were acting within standard medical guidelines.
Hospitals are also starting to use shady tactics like forced arbitration to keep their doctors out of the courtroom and the odds of avoiding a payout in their favor. The Florida Supreme Court has cast doubt on this practice in at least one case.
On this page, we have stories about Florida medical malpractice for your education, but to prove your case you must have a personal injury lawyer on your side with experience in medical malpractice cases. Be aware that these cases can take years to resolve and will require more doctor’s appointments to get an independent evaluation. It is possible to win substantial compensation. In cases of extreme malpractice, your action may even get a doctor to get their license revoked and save the lives of others.
In December of 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued a rejection of an arbitration agreement in a medical malpractice case regarding a stillborn infant. As reported by News 4 Jax, in their decision, justices stated that an arbitration agreement that was signed by Lualhati Crespo, whose son was stillborn, and the physician group Women’s Care… Read More
In March 2016, a mother saw her baby daughter swallow a lithium battery. She called 911, and had her baby transported to the hospital, where she insisted that the battery be removed right away. However, the doctor informed the parents that the case was comparable to that of ingesting a coin. In spite of recommendations… Read More
Receiving a correct diagnosis for cancer or other serious medical condition is critical especially if a condition or cancer is wrongly diagnosed, treatment is often delayed or incorrect. This error can cause catastrophic results for the patient, ranging from increased health complications because of improper treatment, to death from lack of proper care. When a… Read More
When a nurse fails to administer care when a patient is suffering from a serious complication, the patient’s symptoms may worsen, and the complication may lead to more serious problems, including death in severe cases. Just like doctors, nurses have a moral and legal obligation to provide patients with a high standard of care. When… Read More
Patients rely on their doctors and pharmacists to provide them with the right medications in the proper dosages, and to inform them of any possible drug interactions. Unfortunately, prescription errors are not uncommon and wind up harming numerous patients each year. When a patient is harmed because of a careless mistake by a physician, nurse,… Read More
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also referred to as nosocomial infections, occur frequently. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.4 million people around the world are suffering from an HAI at any one time. In the United States, roughly 9.2 out of every 100 patients acquire a nosocomial infection, according to Healthline. Some HAIs can be… Read More
Parents of injured children often struggle with questions such as – Should I hire an attorney to pursue compensation in a medical malpractice claim? The answer depends on the extent and cause of the injury. An attorney can provide legal representation if a parent believes a doctor or hospital’s mistake caused a medical malpractice, such… Read More
Preeclampsia, also known as pregnancy-induced hypertension, affects a little over 5% of pregnancies in this nation. It can cause harm to the expectant mother as well as to the unborn child. Preeclampsia generally shows up around the 20th week of pregnancy and is often identified by protein in the mother’s urine and high blood pressure…. Read More