Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When illness or injury forces you to see a doctor or go to the hospital, you put your trust in medical professionals to give you the best possible treatment and do what is necessary to improve your health. However, medical professionals are only human, and sometimes they make mistakes; they get tired; they’re too busy; they misdiagnose; or they over-medicate.
The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals annually each year due to preventable medical errors. The attorneys at Abbott Law Group, P.A. believe it is important that the healthcare profession be held accountable when their actions result in unnecessary harm to their patients. Medical malpractice lawsuits are one way of ensuring that when a doctor, a nurse, or other medical caregiver, at a hospital, a clinic, or a nursing home, does cause someone harm, that he or she is justly compensated.
Medical malpractice cases arise when a medical patient has been injured or killed as a result of the improper action, inaction or other negligence of a healthcare professional or medical facility. Medical malpractice is also often committed by a doctor or hospital’s lack of action, such as failure to prescribe a necessary test or otherwise performing an incomplete evaluation. However, simply because there was a poor result does not mean that malpractice occurred.
Was Your Doctor Negligent?
When determining whether a medical professional has been negligent, his or her practice or conduct is judged at a level of competency and professionalism consistent with the specialized training, experience, and care of a “reasonably prudent” physician in the same or similar circumstances. This judgment constitutes the “standard of care” or professional “duty” that a physician owes to each of his or her patients. If a physician breaches the standard of care and the patient suffers accordingly, there may be actionable medical malpractice.
If negligent care by a doctor or nurse results in injury or death of a patient, a lawsuit for medical malpractice may be filed against:
- The hospital for improper care, inadequate training of staff, improper administering of medication, contamination, or sanitation
- Private or public government agencies that operate or run the hospital and its facilities
- The Physician, doctor, or surgeon, if they failed to provide generally accepted standards of practice or care
Negligence or Medical malpractice can happen in a wide variety of ways, including misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, surgical mistakes, child birth injuries, fetal death, prescription errors or other medication errors, anesthesia error, negligence resulting in brain injury, paralysis or wrongful death, post-operative care malpractice, failure to follow-up with treatment, misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer, staff negligence causing harm, or any other form of medical negligence resulting in harm.
One legal remedy for a medical malpractice case is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, hospital or medical professional responsible. These lawsuits are notoriously difficult and expensive to prosecute, so it’s important to discuss your case first with an experienced trial attorney. Our firm has 34 years of experience trying personal injury (including medical malpractice) claims in Florida, and securing justice for clients who have been wrongfully injured by negligent medical professionals.
Beyond our extensive personal trial experience, Abbott Law Group, P.A. has another unique advantage in handling complex “med mal” cases: a full-time certified legal nurse consultant on staff. With more than 20 years of hospital nursing experience, Beverly Thomas has invaluable skills for and expertise in identifying, assessing, and assisting with medical negligence cases.
Medical Malpractice Trial Experts
Although there are times where medical malpractice may be obvious, the majority of cases involve complex medical issues which need to be thoroughly evaluated by a knowledgeable medical professional. Medical malpractice may not be recognized by an attorney because they lack the expertise or fail to consult with the appropriate medical experts. Abbott Law Group, P.A. has the legal experience as well as the knowledge and resources necessary to handle even the most complex medical malpractice lawsuits.
We are dedicated to helping victims and their families deal with the pain and losses associated with medical errors resulting in serious injury. If you are dealing with serious loss or injury due to medical negligence, contact our attorneys for a free analysis of your case by a lawyer who fully understands the standards by which medicine ought to be practiced.