When you seek medical treatment, you have a right to assume that the care you receive will make you better rather than worse. While you should be able to fully trust your doctor with your physical health and well-being, physicians can–and do–act negligently and fail to provide the required standard of medical care. When a doctor is negligent, patients can suffer serious injuries, experience unnecessary complications, and even die as a result.
When this occurs, a victim has the legal right to hold the doctor financially accountable for their negligence by filing a claim for medical malpractice. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine reported that one in 14 physicians faced a legal claim by a patient alleging medical malpractice on an annual basis. If you have suffered injuries and believe your doctor is at fault, you should consult with an experienced Clearwater physician medical malpractice attorney to discuss a potential claim.
Medical malpractice can come in many forms, including the following:
It is important to note that an honest mistake generally will not constitute medical malpractice. Instead, a physician must breach the duty of care required for their field and position. This means that the doctor failed to act as another similarly trained doctor would act under your specific circumstances. An experienced lawyer can help to identify whether your case involved medical malpractice or not.
Often, medical malpractice can cause a victim to require extensive medical care to treat injuries or complications. For example, if a physician does not conduct the appropriate tests and therefore fails to diagnose a patient with cancer, the disease may progress significantly before it is discovered. When it is finally diagnosed, the patient may have a more negative prognosis and the cancer may not even be treatable.
Because of the risk of medical malpractice, physicians have insurance companies and legal counsel who will work to avoid liability whenever they can. For this reason, it is critical to have a skilled attorney who thoroughly understands medical malpractice laws in Florida handling your case. Paul B. Genet understands how to handle the most complex medical malpractice claims and you can trust that he will provide the highest quality of representation.
When physicians are negligent, innocent victims can be seriously injured. Fortunately, Florida law allows allows people who are hurt by doctor negligence to recover for their losses. The law only gives you two years from the date of your injury to file a claim, however. Because of the complexities involved in these cases, you want to allow plenty of time for an attorney to prepare your case, so you should not delay in discussing your situation with a skilled medical malpractice lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with a Clearwater physician medical malpractice attorney, call Paul B. Genet today at 727-510-8802.
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