When we seek medical attention, we trust that we are in good hands and will receive a high standard of care. Usually this is the case, but occasionally a healthcare professional breaches this obligation. If this happens, it can have devastating consequences.
It is important to remember that not every instance of being unhappy with a doctor constitutes medical malpractice. Rather, medical malpractice occurs when an error made by a healthcare professional results in the injury or death of a patient. If you feel that the error of a medical professional has caused injury to you, or injury or death to a loved one, a knowledgeable Florida personal injury lawyer can help you assess your options.…
In emergency medicine, a moment of hesitation can make a big difference. Eight minutes of negligent behavior? That can result in a $33.8 million lawsuit.
Marla Dixon gave birth to her son in 2013. Dixon did not have a high-risk pregnancy, but watched as her doctor made a series of negligent actions and decisions throughout her labor.
Specifically, the doctor ordered drugs for stronger contractions and continued to leave the room throughout the labor. One of the phone calls, which lasted for eight minutes, was a call from the doctor’s stockbroker. The doctor also refused to perform a C-section procedure on Dixon, then later altered Dixon’s medical record to say that she had refused the C-section.…
After months and months of hard work and stress and hope and fear, the moment of truth is finally here. Both sides have rested their case in regards to your medical malpractice claim. All that’s left is the decision… and you win!
Thank goodness. Now it’s all over. You can finally use the compensation you receive to start getting your life back on track. Right? Not quite.
As Nancy Plummer learned the hard way, just because a verdict is given doesn’t necessarily mean that a court case is completely settled.
The Ongoing Tragedy of William Plummer
In 2013, Mrs. Plummer sued Dr. Annabel Torres and her insurance company, The Doctors’ Company, over the death of her husband William two years prior.…
As a business owner, you probably see risks all around you. A business is like a child, and you are constantly putting your child’s wellbeing in the hands of other people, such as employees, other businesses, clients or customers, and so on. With all of the possible things that could go wrong, you might wonder what options are out there to protect your business.
One way that many people opt to protect their business is to get professional liability insurance.
Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions about Professional Liability Insurance
Who Needs Professional Liability Insurance?
Anyone who works in a field that receives advice or counsel from other businesses or organizations could benefit from professional liability insurance.…
Imagine you’ve filed a medical malpractice lawsuit and asked for a sum that will cover your financial damages, as well as any emotional damages or stress that has come from the negligence of a medical professional. Your case is solid, and the judge rules in your favor, but the compensation you are awarded is reduced. Because the law says you’re only entitled to a certain amount. Regardless of your individual situation.
Where is the justice in that?
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens to many medical malpractice victims who ask for compensation higher than Florida’s current cap on damages. State judges and district courts have ruled that these caps are unconstitutional, but the fight still rages on for victims whose damages exceed the cap.…
Cruise ships are a great option for vacations year-round: you can explore new places, enjoy the convenience of all-inclusive pricing, and relax while you send your kids off to do activities and play throughout the ship.
Unfortunately, this form of vacation also comes with serious risks. After all, you are out on open waters. Here are a few different types of cruise ship injuries to keep in mind before you head out on your next all-inclusive vacation.
Fires – The idea of a fire on a cruise ship may seem odd at first. You’re in the middle of the ocean and worrying about a fire? However, they do happen.…
Is there anything more frustrating than investing in a doctor who gives you an incorrect prescription or diagnosis? Or who fails to recognize your symptoms, leaving you to sustain an injury or suffer an illness for way too long?
Everyone makes mistakes. But when a healthcare professional makes a mistake, it can have serious consequences. It can quickly jack up the price of medical bills and have a long-term impact on your health.
If you believe a doctor has been negligent or that you have been the victim of malpractice, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit. But how do you know if you have a medical malpractice case that is worth pursuing?…
Many people aren’t fans of going to the dentist. You have to deal with someone poking and prodding in your mouth. And what if you end up needing to have a cavity filled or – even worse – get a root canal? Such things are often fodder for nightmares.
But there are worse things that can happen to you at the dentist. For example, what happens if you’re injured while under your dentist’s care?
Last year, a Jacksonville dentist was sued in a class-action malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiffs claimed that the dentist “physically abused their children, botched their dental work, and stonewalled parents and investigators when his methods were questioned.”
In order to prove dental malpractice, you have to be able to show that you suffered an injury due to a dentist providing inadequate care.…
We see doctors and other medical professionals for a variety of reasons. But regardless of whether we’re dealing with something minor or major, we expect medical professionals to competently and correctly perform their duties.
But sometimes that doesn’t happen. After all, those in the medical field are still people, and we all make mistakes. In the event that a medical professional doesn’t live up to their standards and causes an injury to a patient, that patient might have a medical malpractice lawsuit on their hands.
Having a valid malpractice claim is the first step, but you also needed to be aware that Florida has certain rules in place concerning medical malpractice that could potentially limit your options.…
Medical malpractice cases are often complex, but if you’ve been harmed or injured due to the negligence, poor medical treatment, or mistaken diagnosis from a healthcare provider, you may be entitled to benefits.
Each year, between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die due to preventable medical errors, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Many studies have come up with far higher estimates.
If you aren’t sure whether or not you have a medical malpractice lawsuit, the best thing you can do is consult with a personal injury attorney about your case. He or she can help you to fully understand medical malpractice and its requirements, as well as whether or not your case seems worth pursuing.…