Injury Caused by Doctor: Can I Take Legal Action?
Imagine visiting the doctor and being told you have a serious illness. You begin expensive treatment for that illness only to later find out that you never had that illness to begin with. Now you’re told that you have an entirely different illness, and because it wasn’t treated right away, your health has deteriorated. You’ve just become a victim of medical negligence.
This is a terrifying scenario, right?
This example of a misdiagnosed illness is only one way that doctors can cause their patients injuries because they were being negligent. The doctor in the above example should have diagnosed the illness correctly the first time, and if they were unsure, they should have run more tests or consulted a colleague.
So, what do you do if you’ve been harmed by a medical professional because of negligence? You can take legal action by filing a medical malpractice case against them. You deserve justice and to be compensated for the harm the doctor has caused you and for the actual damages you sustained because of that harm.
Types of Medical Malpractice Injuries
There are many ways that a doctor can cause patients to be seriously harmed because they were being careless or downright reckless. The following are just a few examples of types of medical malpractice injuries:
- Surgical errors or mistakes
- Unnecessary surgery
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Anesthesia errors
- Not reading a patient’s chart or medical history
- Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage
- Not accounting for a patient’s allergies or other medications
- Birth injuries
- Poor follow-up care
Losses You Could Face if Injured by a Medical Professional
In addition to the injuries you’ve suffered, you may also be dealing with extensive losses.
For instance, you may have additional medical treatment costs to fix the injury you sustained. Your injury or illness could have been exacerbated to the point you are no longer able to work. This means lost income for you and it should also be accounted for in your medical malpractice case.
You could also be dealing with physical pain caused by the injury or illness, mental and emotional trauma, and anxiety. You deserve to be financially compensated for all the ways your medical injury has caused you to suffer.
Filing a Lawsuit for Medical Negligence in Florida
When you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent practitioner, you are owed damages. A lawyer can assist you in submitting your case, gathering evidence, and negotiating a fair settlement for your actual damages. Your lawyer can also take your case to court if that’s what it takes to hold a negligent medical provider to account.
Get in Contact with a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Doctors aren’t perfect and they can make mistakes, and not every mistake is considered negligence. However, if you’ve been seriously injured because of subpar medical treatment, you have every right to hold the medical professional accountable.
Malpractice claims are more difficult to win than other types of injury cases. It’s a good idea to partner with a lawyer for help with your negligence claim. Get ahold of a medical negligence attorney at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo to tell us about your case and seek justice. Call 561-659-6366 or fill out the online contact form below.