Clearwater Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When you visit your doctor, take a prescribed medication, or schedule a surgery, the last thing you expect is to suffer an injury at the hands of a medical professional. But doctors are human, and often make mistakes as a result of carelessness and malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a medical provider’s error, you may have a claim for damages. To learn more, reach out to our Clearwater medical malpractice lawyers for your free consultation today.
Medical Malpractice Is a Leading Cause of Injury and Death
It’s easy to believe that our doctors are experts who never make mistakes and who always serve us with the highest level of care possible, but this simply isn’t the truth. Instead, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in our country. When a person dies or suffers a serious injury as a result of a preventable medical error, they–or their surviving family members–deserve to be compensated. By filing a medical malpractice claim, which is a type of civil action, against the responsible party, victims can seek compensation for pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic losses.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of different forms. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors, including operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part, failing to sterilize the site, leaving a piece of surgical equipment within the patient, and more;
- Medication errors, including medication type errors, dosage errors, and administration errors;
- Delayed or misdiagnosis errors, which might include a failure to perform proper tests, refer the patient to a specialist, etc.;
- Birth injuries;
- Treatment errors, including failure to treat or pursuing a non-standardized treatment option; and
What You’ll Need to Prove in a Medical Malpractice Claim
A medical malpractice claim follows a similar format to a standard personal injury claim – you’ll need to prove that the medical provider breached the duty of care owed to you, that the breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of your harm, and that you’ve suffered actual damages as a result. However, instead of just proving negligence–a breach of the duty of care–you’ll need to prove malpractice–a breach of the medical standard of care. The medical standard of care is the degree of care to which another medical professional of similar background and training facing a similar situation would be held to. Proving the medical standard of care will require presenting the opinions of medical experts.
Our Clearwater Medical Malpractice Lawyers Are Here to Serve You
Bringing forth a civil action against a doctor, pharmacist, hospital, or another healthcare provider or service can be intimidating. At the office of The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group, our Clearwater medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you understand your rights, navigate the claims process, and recover the maximum amount of compensation possible. To schedule your free consultation with our Clearwater legal team, please send us a message or call us directly at your convenience.