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Plantation Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Reputable Medical Malpractice Lawyers Preserve the Rights of Wronged Patients in Plantation, FL

Medical malpractice is one of the top three causes of death in the United States. While some cases are relatively straightforward, in many cases, you might not even know that you were the victim of medical malpractice for some time. After all, many people who consult a doctor for help are already experiencing symptoms of an underlying medical issue. Not all bad medical outcomes are the result of malpractice—in some cases, even doctors providing the most skilled and diligent levels of care will experience bad outcomes, as is the nature of life. However, when a physician, nurse or other medical professional is negligent in performing his or her duties, the results can be devastating—which is why medical professionals must comply with strict standards of care developed by the medical community itself.

Medical malpractice cases in Plantation are almost always complicated because knowledge of these relevant medical standards is necessary to succeed in a medical malpractice case, and because the justice system recognizes that not all bad outcomes constitute malpractice. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we have over two decades’ worth of experience advocating on behalf of clients who have been the victim of medical malpractice in South Florida. We understand what it takes to succeed in these cases, and work tirelessly to help our clients recover the compensation they need to recover, hold negligent doctors accountable and move on with their lives.

Medical Malpractice Cases in Plantation are Subject to Strict Requirements

Medical malpractice cases are different than other types of personal injury lawsuits, so it makes sense that the Florida legislature has prescribed different standards for proceeding in these cases. In other words, you cannot simply go to court and file a lawsuit alleging malpractice. Before any lawsuit is filed in a medical malpractice case, we must first:

  • Consult with other doctors. Before proceeding, we must consult with another doctor and obtain an affidavit confirming that you were the victim of medical malpractice.
  • Provide notice. We must then notify all relevant parties that we intend to pursue a lawsuit for medical malpractice, including the affidavit to show the rationale behind a potential suit.
  • Wait and investigate. At this point, we must wait for the defendants to conduct their own investigation into your claim, where they will likely obtain medical opinions to contradict your claim. We will also continue to collect any relevant evidence in your case, and often consult with additional medical experts.
  • Defendant’s response. The defendant must respond to your original notice within 90 days. Their response will either deny the allegations or may contain a settlement offer.

Our actions from this point on will depend upon the information contained in the defendant’s response. In some cases, the next step will be to negotiate to obtain a more fair settlement offer and in others, we will begin the litigation process by filing a lawsuit.

Experienced Lawyers Hold Doctors and Medical Professionals Accountable for Medical Malpractice in Plantation, FL

Winning compensation for our clients who have been victimized by medical malpractice is important, but perhaps equally important is the need to hold negligent medical professionals in Plantation accountable for their actions so they cannot continue to commit malpractice and harm patients without consequences. Medical malpractice can, in reality, be committed by any medical professional, including:

  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Radiologists
  • Dentists
  • Emergency room personnel
  • Chiropractors
  • Optometrists
  • Hospitals and clinics

Likewise, the types of medical malpractice that we have encountered here in South Florida are equally far-reaching, and have included cases involving:

  • Failure to diagnose a condition
  • Unreasonably delayed cancer diagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Improper interpretation of results
  • Failure to run necessary tests
  • Prescription drug errors
  • Failure to communicate the risks of a procedure to the patient
  • Performing unnecessary procedures
  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Birth injuries
  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Emergency room errors
  • And more

Establishing a Medical Malpractice Case in Florida

Regardless of the type of malpractice claim involved, we will work to establish the necessary elements of a medical malpractice case, which include:

  • Establishing the medical provider’s duty of care,
  • Proving that the medical provider failed to adhere to the standards generally created and accepted by the medical community based on the circumstances at hand,
  • Showing that this failure constituted a breach of the medical provider’s duty of care, which caused you harm, and
  • Showing that you suffered damages as a result.

Schedule a No-Cost, Free Initial Consultation

Our initial consultations are always free so that you can tell us what happened in your case and we can provide our honest opinion about possible options for recovering compensation and holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. Call our offices today, or fill out this brief online contact form and one of our Plantation medical malpractice lawyers will respond promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Cases in Plantation, FL

FAQ: What should I do if I think I was harmed by a doctor’s medical malpractice?

First and foremost, you still must seek treatment for your condition or injuries. You obviously should consult a different doctor in a different medical facility if possible, and we can refer you to one of our contacts so that you can get the care you need. Also, contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin working to obtain the evidence that we need to prove the malpractice occurred.

FAQ: If not all bad outcomes are malpractice, what is the standard of care that my doctor was required to meet?

The relevant standard of care varies depending upon the circumstances. The standard will depend upon the responsible party’s specialty—for example, a heart surgeon would be held to a higher standard of care during a heart surgery than a family practitioner. It will also depend upon the type of illness or injury involved and can vary based upon how tested and established the procedure needed to treat the ailment is. Consulting with other medical experts is often necessary to establish the relevant standard of care to show that medical malpractice occurred in cases where the physician or responsible party’s conduct was not egregious—leaving an instrument in a surgical patient’s body is an example of egregious conduct, while it may be more difficult to establish that failure to diagnose a rare disease was malpractice.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

M. Benjamin Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2018.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2016 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.

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Vivian B.

John Lawlor and this practice provide their clients with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I highly recommend them!

Lisa

John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

Iskra D.

I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.

Anonymous

I summarize my experience with Anthony with the words honesty, professionalism, efficiency and care. Thank you so much.

Jaime H.

This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.

Anonymous

Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.

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$2.0million

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$3.0million

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$1.2million

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