Medical malpractice is briefly defined as occurring when an injury or death results from a medical professional’s failure to exercise the level of care, skill, or diligence exercised by other doctors, nurses, or medical technicians with the same or similar training in the same geographic area. It’s estimated that perhaps as many as 200,000 people die each year due to avoidable medical errors, and hundreds of thousands more patients suffer permanent, disabling injuries at the hands of medical professionals. Many, if not most, of these medical errors would not happen if the proper standard of care was provided.
Incidents of malpractice arise from a variety of negligent, reckless, and intentional conduct. The most common forms of medical malpractice include:
Failure to Diagnose or Delayed Diagnosis
This can cause the patient unnecessary suffering by precluding the opportunity of receiving early treatment that may have saved or prolonged their life.
Lack of Informed Consent
Medical professionals are required to properly inform patients about the consequences of a medical procedure before asking them to sign a consent form. Lack of informed consent may expose patients to dangers they would have avoided had they been properly informed of the risks associated with the procedure.
Medical malpractice can also cause injury during surgery or childbirth, causing irreparable harm to the patient or child.
Medication and Prescription Errors
The improper administration of anesthesia or prescription medication may cause serious health problems or death in patients. This can happen in a surgical setting in a doctor’s office, or in a pharmacy. For example, pharmacists are responsible for ensuring prescriptions are filled properly the first time, every single time. When they fail to pay attention, the result can be tragic. If your prescription medication was either not filled or incorrectly filled, consider contacting a lawyer who can help. Usually prescription errors happen when the wrong medication is filled or the wrong dosage is provided. If this happens to you, it is important to try to determine where and when the error occurred. Keep detailed notes about what happened. Did the doctor incorrectly write the prescription, or did the pharmacy fill the prescription incorrectly?
The Ruth Law Team has extensive experience representing victims of medical malpractice. Our lawyers know that proving medical malpractice requires a thorough investigation and an in-depth examination of all aspects of the case. In addition, demonstrating that a medical professional breached community standards of medical practice typically requires expert witnesses experienced in the same practice area as the health care provider. Such testimony is essential and also very expensive. Many firms do not handle such cases due to both the labor-intensive nature and the high financial cost of handling medical malpractice claims. We have had many cases from other attorneys referred to us for representation, we’ve successfully represented a large number of clients over the past 35 years.
We have significant trial experience including successfully arguing cases before the Supreme Court of Florida, and we have the financial resources to cover all of the costs involved in working up and presenting a case. And remember–there are absolutely NO fees or costs unless we win financial compensation for you.
Call the Ruth Law Team at 1-888-STEVE-RUTH (1-888-783-8378) today for a free consultation with an attorney regarding your medical malpractice case.