Medical Malpractice

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.

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician or health care provider deviates from accepted standards of medical treatment and care. Thankfully, most doctors, nurses and health care facilities observe safe and accepted practices when treating and/or caring for their patients. But this is not always the case. When something goes wrong because of the carelessness or negligence of a doctor or health care provider, then you need an attorney with the knowledge and experience to know how to handle your medical malpractice case.

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.

In Florida, a lawyer cannot file a malpractice claim against a doctor or health care provider without following a certain procedure that allows the person (doctor or healthcare provider) to be apprised of the claim against them and allow an adequate time to conduct an internal investigation to determine and agree that negligence has indeed occurred. This procedure has to be followed exactly in order to preserve the legitimacy of your claim. Florida lawyers experienced in these claims know this.

The Florida Bar Board Certified attorneys at Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson have handled many types of health care related cases, some of which are:

Anesthesia Errors
Birth Injuries
Doctor Negligence
Improper Treatment
Medication Errors
Misdiagnosis
Nurse Negligence
Prescription Drug/Pharmacy Errors
Surgical Errors

Keep in mind that these cases are some of the most difficult, time consuming and expensive cases to pursue. This is why you need a local attorney with previous knowledge and experience in handling Florida medical malpractice claims. Over the last 40 years, our law firm has handled many medical malpractice cases from Pensacola to Panama City and has a reputation of being tough, thorough and fair.

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 at Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson today to handle your case. Remember, there is no charge to talk to us about your case.

Pharmacy Errors

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.

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.

 

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