Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorney
Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals take an oath to do no harm to their patients. Due to the nature of their work, health care professionals have a higher duty of care than ordinary citizens. When they violate this duty and inflict harm on their patients through negligence, incompetence, or unethical behavior, injured patients can recover their losses through medical malpractice lawsuits.
Medical malpractice suits follow the general framework of personal injury lawsuits with a few notable exceptions. Medical malpractice cases are some of the most complicated legal battles you can experience, so it’s vital to connect with an experienced, reliable attorney to handle your case. The Williams Law team wants citizens of Tampa and the surrounding area to know they can come to us for representation in these difficult cases.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Generally, any health care professional who acts against the best interests of his or her patients is guilty of malpractice. Medicine is uncertain by nature, so some honest mistakes are unavoidable and understandable. However, health care professionals must use approved methods to diagnose and treat patients. When doctors and other health care providers use unapproved, unethical, or impractical treatment methods, they often cause more harm than they prevent.
A doctor making a mistake or a patient who is unhappy about his or her results after treatment are not necessarily grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Like personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice lawsuits hinge on the concept of negligence. This means that plaintiffs must prove that their doctors had a duty to act with reasonable care during the course of treatment, violated that duty, and the plaintiffs suffered actual harm as a result.
Types of Malpractice
Medical malpractice applies to various situations, but some of the most common types of malpractice that lead to lawsuits include:
- Anesthesia errors. Anesthesiologists and health care technicians must follow acceptable safety and procedural guidelines when administering anesthesia. Anesthesia can be fatal or severely harmful in the wrong doses or when applied incorrectly.
- Surgical mistakes. Doctors may make mistakes in the operating room, but failing to correct them in time can cause significant injury to patients. If a doctor forgets surgical equipment inside a patient, operates on the wrong body part, or otherwise botches a surgery, the doctor may be liable for malpractice.
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Doctors use a process of elimination to diagnose their patients. By evaluating a patient’s symptoms, a doctor can determine what condition the patient has. However, the symptoms of some medical conditions mimic those of others, making diagnosis more difficult. Doctors need to provide their diagnoses in a timely and accurate manner or they risk severe injury to their patients.
- Prescription errors. Doctors who prescribe medications must ensure their prescriptions do not conflict with medications a patient is already taking. Drug interactions can be fatal in some cases. Pharmacists must ensure they dispense the correct medications in the correct doses.
- Gross negligence. When doctors make mistakes that even untrained individuals would catch, they commit gross negligence. An example would be reading an x-ray backward or amputating the wrong body part.
Find Reliable Legal Counsel
Medical malpractice cases can easily spiral into complex legal battles. Most medical malpractice claims must pass through a medical review board before proceeding to trial. Attempting to handle a medical malpractice claim without professional legal representation is not advisable. Even seemingly straightforward cases can be complicated enough to overwhelm without the assistance of legal representation. Even if an individual successfully represents a case in court, such cases aren’t likely to yield the maximum available compensation for damages.
At Williams Law, P.A., our team has the resources and experience to handle the most complex medical malpractice claims. If you’ve suffered from medical malpractice in Tampa or the surrounding area, contact our team to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss the details of your situation and let you know what kind of compensation you could receive.