Medical malpractice law cases are some of the most difficult and expensive to pursue because Florida law is very restrictive in what types of claims can be made. Unfortunately, receiving poor health care or suffering a bad outcome does not always mean the at-fault party was negligent. We have all potential medical malpractice cases evaluated by board certified specialists.
As patients, we put our trust in doctors, nurses and medical professionals to care for us, to do no harm to us or our loved ones. But when healthcare professionals and hospitals cause harm to a patient through negligence (a failure to use reasonable care), a claim of medical malpractice can be filed. Another common form of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis, when a doctor fails to properly diagnose a medical condition that results in severe injury or death to the patient.
If you or a loved one has received a misdiagnosis or improper treatment, resulting in substantial and/or permanent damage or death, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim. Contact medical malpractice lawyers Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson today to handle your case. 850-444-4444 — or you may fill out our online contact form and we will contact you promptly. Remember, there is no charge to talk to us about your case.
• Anesthesia Errors
• Birth Injuries
• Doctor Negligence
• Improper Treatment
• Medication Errors
• Nurse Negligence
• Prescription Drug/Pharmacy Errors
• Surgical Errors
Nursing Home Abuse or Assisted Living Facility Abuse
In cases where the resident was abused or neglected and received an injury, or a death has been caused, an action can be brought by a member of the family or the person harmed against the facility where the person resided or was treated. These cases are not considered medical malpractice cases and are governed by simple negligence law. More details about nursing home abuse or assisted living facility abuse here.
With the development of chain drug stores, the local pharmacist who personally knows his patients is a thing of the past. These chain pharmacies have gained popularity because they offer lower prices and depend on volume of drugs sold and customers served. This efficiency has a downside — medication errors have dramatically increased. These errors can and do cause injury and/or death. If a pharmacist is negligent in filling a prescription with either the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of the correct medication, the pharmacy could be liable for the harm that resulted. These cases are not governed by medical malpractice laws but are based on simple negligence law. More details about pharmacy and prescription errors here.
Dangerous Prescription Drugs
Accutane – (isotretinoin) used as an acne treatment but has shown to have side effects of depression, suicidal thoughts & actions, birth defects and may cause inflammatory bowel disease resulting in severe permanent complications.
Bextra – (valbecoxib) used as a treatment for mild to severe arthritis (osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis) and other chronic pain. Bextra has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, gastrointestinal problems and Steven Johnson syndrome, a potentially fatal skin condition. Drug recalled in April 2005.
Boniva – ibandronate sodium tablet taken once-a-month to treat or prevent osteoporosis. Boniva, a bisphosonate, the family of drugs shown to cause osteonecrosis (death) of the jaw bone.
Chantix – we are investigating the onset of serious side effects including seizures that may be caused by Chantix which is prescribed to assist the patient quitting smoking.
Digitek – (digoxin tablets) used in the treatment of congestive heart failure and other heart-related problems. In April 2008, healthcare professionals were notified of a recall of all strengths of Digitek due to the possibility that the tablets may contain twice the approved level of the active ingredient. Digitalis toxicity can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure and cardiac instability.
Fosamax – (alendronate sodium) used for bone pain, fractures and bone loss. Side effects linked to Fosamax have been; osteoneocrosis of the jaw (dead jawbone), muscle & joint pain, headaches, abdominal problems, eye discomfort or skin rash.
Gadolinium – serves as a contrasting agent within the patient’s body during MRI or MRA. Gadolinium became popular with the medical community because it aided doctors in seeing the patient’s internal structures more clearly. Prolonged exposure to gladolinium can result in the development of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF – a.k.a., Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy or NFD.) The results of these disorders lead to thick, coarse, hard skin, severely restricting the movement of joints.
Ketek – (telithromycin) in the class of drugs called ketolide antibiotics and is used for treating bacterial infections of the sinuses and lungs. Associated side effects have been liver damage, liver disease, liver failure and hepatitis.
Kugel Mesh Patch – designed to make hernia operations easier and to reduce post-op surgical pain. Problems started to surface in 2002 shortly after the introduction of the large and x-large models of the hernia mesh patch. The flexible plastic “memory recoil ring” is prone to breakage causing injury to internal organs & tissue, bowel perforations, bowel obstructions and chronic enteric fistulas.
Ortho Evra – transdermal system birth control, better known as “The Patch.” In November 2005, FDA warned that the patch exposes women to higher levels of estrogen than most birth control pills and puts the user at an increased risk for blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.
Paxil – (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor – SSRI) used as a treatment for depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This drug is linked with suicidal behavior, violent behavior and a rare birth defect (if taken at 20 weeks of a pregnancy or later) called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).
Prisma Dialysis – a type of kidney dialysis system with built-in alarms that alert the user of potential fluid imbalance that has occurred during the course of the dialysis treatment. If these alarms are missed, ignored or unresolved, excessive fluid may be removed from the patient resulting in serious injury or death.
Quinine – typically used to treat malaria, quinine was also used for the treatment of nocturnal leg cramps. In 1994, the FDA banned the use of quinine as a night-time leg cramp treatment, but, in spite of the ban, several pharmaceutical companies that manufactured the drug continued to promote, market and sell quinine as a treatment for nocturnal leg cramps. Use of quinine for treating leg cramps can lead to cardiac arrhythmia, renal failure, blindness, hearing loss, and quinine related blood disorders.
Reglan – generic name, metoclopramide is a drug commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other stomach conditions in adults & children. In February 2009, the FDA issued a “black box” advisory (strongest advisory the FDA issues) warning doctors and patients that long-term users of Reglan may be at risk for Tardive Dyskinesia (a nervous system disorder characterized by involuntary movement and twitching of various limbs, face and tongue). Tardive Dyskinesia is frequently irreversible.
ReNu – ReNu with MoistureLoc® Solution is a saline solution used with contact lenses. The makers of this solution issued a recall in April 2006 because the solution was linked with a serious fungal eye infection, Fusarium keratitis. This infection is an inflammation of the eye’s cornea and, if not properly treated, can lead to blindness.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome – (SJS) usually results from a drug-related allergic reaction. SJS symptoms are characterized by facial swelling, tongue swelling, hives, skin pain, red or purple rash that spreads, blisters on the skin (especially mucous membranes, nose, mouth & eyes) and shedding (sloughing) of skin.
Tequin – (gatifloxacin) used to treat lung, sinus and other bacterial infections and is linked to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which can lead to seizure, coma or death. The maker of Tequin stopped selling the drug as of April 27, 2006.
Tobacco – health problems associated with the prolonged use of tobacco.
Trasylol – (aprotinin) used to help reduce blood loss during heart bypass surgery. Use of the drug is now linked with an increased risk of kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and death.
Viagra – (sildenafil) used for impotency and erectile dysfunction. Viagra has been linked to vision problems, blindness and deadly nitrate interaction.
Vioxx – (rofecoxib) prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain. Side effects have been gastrointestinal problems, heart attacks, strokes and death. Vioxx was recalled in September 2004.
Zelnorm – (tegaserod maleate) for short-term treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic constipation. Sales of Zelnorm were suspended in March 2007 after reports of adverse side effects such as, heart attack and stroke. As of April 2008, Zelnorm is now further restricted to treating only the sickest patients who have IBS.