Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Every year, many more people die from medical malpractice and preventable medical errors than in automobile accidents. In fact, according to Johns Hopkins patient safety experts, more than 250,000 deaths per year in the U.S. are due to medical error, making it the third leading cause of death prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although medical error is not regularly acknowledged as a leading cause of death in the U.S., the victims of these errors and medical malpractice attorneys have long recognized the devastating consequences of medical negligence. When a negligent act or omission by a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional harms a patient, the injuries are often life-threatening and the long-term consequences can be life-altering.
If you or a family member has been injured by medical negligence or error, you do not have to face all of the challenges alone. The compassionate, accomplished Orlando medical malpractice attorneys at Warner & Warner want to help ease your burden. We can help you hold the responsible party accountable for negligence and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain, suffering and losses.
Our Orlando medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge, skill and experience you can trust to win your case. We have handled numerous complex medical malpractice cases throughout our careers and are committed to helping victims of medical negligence and errors achieve justice. We fully understand how difficult and complex these cases can be and welcome the new challenge of each case and opportunity to help.
Types of Medical Malpractice in Florida
In Florida, in order to be considered medical malpractice, an injured person must show that a wrongful or negligent act occurred and that it caused an injury or death. In other words, when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider is negligent and fails to act as a reasonably careful medical provider of the same specialty would act in the same situation and causes a patient to suffer serious injury or wrongful death, the doctor, nurse or hospital may be held liable for inflicting harm on his or her patients.
Unfortunately, there are many types of medical malpractice committed every day. Errors and negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, radiologists, medical technicians and hospitals can, for example, result in these types of medical malpractice:
- Failing to Diagnose/Delayed Diagnosis/Misdiagnosis – If doctors fail to listen to patients, fail to take a complete medical history, fail to order the correct diagnostic tests or fail to examine test results and/or diagnose a condition, patients can suffer injury due to lack of treatment or treatment for the incorrect condition. In cases of serious infection, heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, auto-immune disease or cancer, the consequences can be very serious.
- Medication Errors – More than a million Americans suffer adverse reactions or complications from medication errors each year. Unfortunately, these errors are made throughout the medication-use system, from prescribing to dispensing to administering medication.
- Surgery Mistakes – Medical malpractice can occur in many different ways during surgery: when a surgical team operates on the wrong side of a patient’s body, cuts or severs an organ or nerve, leaves an instrument or other foreign object in a patient, causes internal bleeding or fails to detect internal bleeding and treat it in time to prevent permanent injury or death.
- Anesthesia Errors – Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists play a major role in keeping patients safe during many medical procedures and surgery. If they make mistakes, patients can suffer serious injuries that lead to aspiration, pneumonia, hypoxic brain damage, coma and death.
- Post-Operative Errors – After surgery, patients have to be monitored very closely to make sure there are no problems. If they are not monitored effectively, serious complications such as internal bleeding, infection, changes in vital signs and kidney failure can occur.
- Nursing Errors – Nurses play a very important role in patient safety and health. If, for example, they do not effectively monitor and report a patient’s vital signs, place IV lines improperly or make medication errors, patients can be seriously injured.
- Radiologist Errors – When radiologists misinterpret x-rays, mammograms, CT scans and MRI’s, among other diagnostic scans, patients can suffer serious consequences.
- Birth Injuries – When OBGYNs do not treat toxemia or pregnancy induced hypertension, when nurses do not closely monitor women and fetuses during labor and delivery and when doctors or nurses make mistakes during delivery, serious birth injuries can occur.
- Kidney Dialysis Errors – Negligent dialysis involving medication errors, dialyzer errors, excess blood loss, dialysis machine malfunctioning, improper care of dialysis machines, contamination of the dialysis lines, failing to monitor patients’ blood pressure and other vital signs can lead to serious infections and other life-threatening conditions for dialysis patients.
While these are the main types of medical malpractice we see in Orlando, there are many other instances in which a healthcare provider deviates from the standard of good medical care, causes serious injury and is, therefore, liable for medical malpractice.
Compensation for Orlando Victims of Medical Malpractice
If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice, you may be able to take legal action against the responsible parties to hold them accountable for the damages you have suffered and to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for physical injuries, pain, suffering and related losses.
This compensation could include payment for:
- Medical bills – existing and future expenses for hospital care, office visits, medications, diagnostic procedures, medical equipment, etc.
- Care expenses – rehabilitation and home health care
- Decreased income and earning potential – lost wages due to time off work and diminished earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life – capacity to enjoy life and fully participate in normal daily activities
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Getting Help from Experienced, Knowledgeable Orlando Medical Malpractice Attorneys Is Crucial
Many personal injury attorneys do not handle medical malpractice cases because of the complexities, time and expertise involved. At Warner & Warner, however, we are committed to providing powerful representation for victims of medical malpractice, no matter how complex. We have decades of specific experience in complicated and catastrophic medical malpractice cases and have the resources necessary to fight the largest and most powerful doctors, hospitals, and medical corporations in Florida.
Florida medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as the result of negligence, but the statutes present many pitfalls for those who are not knowledgeable about medical cases. While you can theoretically seek compensation for any injury caused by medical negligence regardless of its seriousness, time and money make it unrealistic to sue for an injury that is minor or that heals quickly. Therefore, if you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney.
Florida medical malpractice laws also establish strict statutes of limitations for bringing cases against medical professionals. Although the timeframes can be a moving target, the standard time period during which a medical malpractice claim can be filed is two years from the date of the act or omission that caused the injury. Thus, it is critically important to have any potential case investigated as quickly as possible to prevent the statute of limitations from barring your claim forever.
Contact Experienced Orlando Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Expert Advice and Compassionate Support
If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced Orlando medical malpractice attorneys at Warner & Warner. We would be honored to discuss and investigate your case and advise you on your best course of action.
If a medical malpractice claim is advisable, we are committed to supporting you with our knowledge, resources and professional expertise throughout the legal process. We sincerely want to help you obtain the justice and financial compensation you deserve.
Johns Hopkins Medicine. (3 May, 2016). Study suggests medical errors now third leading cause of death in the U.S.