St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Whether you’re experiencing a medical emergency or visiting your primary care doctor for a routine checkup, you want to believe that your doctor has your best interests at heart. We trust doctors and other medical providers to listen to our issues and provide complete, competent care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
In 2016, John Hopkins University released a study finding that medical malpractice was the third leading cause of death in the United States, ultimately leading to the deaths of over 250,000 Americans each year. This number does not account for cases of medical malpractice that did not lead to patient death.
Medical malpractice occurs as a direct result of a breach of the medical code of ethics by your doctor or medical facility. There are multiple forms of medical malpractice. Due to how medical facilities report malpractice, it doesn’t meet the CDC reporting criteria as an official cause of death. However, malpractice occurs in less significant ways, like misdiagnosis, delaying diagnosis and treatment, or dismissal of complaints and refusal to treat patients for medical issues.
Ultimately, medical malpractice can lead to life-long disabilities, significant side effects, and even death. These issues present real challenges to hundreds of thousands of people each year, leading to costly consequences. If you or a loved one have suffered from medical malpractice, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, related expenses, and other significant losses. A medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate the waters and fight for the justice you deserve.
You should hold medical practitioners who fail to provide you and your loved ones with proper treatment responsible for their behavior. The Ruth Law Team is here to help you demand justice and receive compensation for your struggles. We understand how angry you are and feel your frustration and betrayal on a personal level. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys is here to help you achieve justice.
We also understand how costly the results of medical malpractice can become and are here to help. While medical bills pile up, you will never have to worry about paying our office upfront. In fact, our team of attorneys won’t receive a dime unless we finalize your settlement for you. Our medical malpractice attorneys understand how difficult it can be to prove malpractice took place and aim to take the legal burden off your shoulders so you can focus on getting back to your life. Call The Ruth Law Team today at (727) 327-3222 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about the ways that we can help you to reach a fair settlement.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
Many different forms of medical malpractice take place at the hands of medical professionals. Because there are many different ways it can occur, the impacts can range from minimal to life-threatening. Therefore, it can occasionally be difficult to determine when medical malpractice occurs. Some common examples of malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose.
- Delayed treatment or failure to treat.
- Prescription medication errors (wrong medications or incorrect dosages).
- Anesthesia errors.
- Surgical errors.
- Unnecessary surgeries.
- Birth injuries.
- Procedural errors.
Another often-overlooked but especially significant form of medical malpractice involves a patient’s lack of informed consent. In these instances, medical providers fail to inform a patient of all associated risks during a procedure. When a patient isn’t aware of the risks, their consent is no longer fully informed, and they may unintentionally suffer the consequences.
Ultimately, when medical malpractice occurs, you need a medical malpractice attorney to help you navigate the path to justice. The Ruth Law Team’s experienced lawyers can help provide support and legal guidance during these trying times.
It’s important to understand that medical malpractice is always the result of a breach of duty by a medical professional, and it often results directly in harm to their patient. Medical malpractice occurs for many different reasons. A few of these reasons include:
- Failure to communicate and coordinate during care.
- Failing to/incorrectly following medical protocols for treatment and diagnosis of patients.
- Lacking safety net practices to protect the patient during treatment.
- Fragmentation of medical providers and insurance networks causing inconsistent care.
Proving that medical malpractice took place can be difficult in some cases. However, each malpractice case must meet three key criteria. First, a standard of practice must have been violated. Standards are either considered written practices medical professionals are expected to follow or may be based on a reasonable understanding of what industry professionals consider the standard practice.
In order for you to file a malpractice case, the violated standard must directly result in injury to the patient. Finally, the injury must be significant enough to require serious treatment, ongoing care, disability, cause undue pain and suffering, or lead to death.
If you suspect you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact one of our highly qualified medical malpractice attorneys at The Ruth Law Team to have your case evaluated.
What Happens Next?
The Ruth Law Team understands how trying it can be to suffer at the hands of medical malpractice. Finding a lawyer to handle the case can seem overwhelming after everything you've endured. To help make the process easier for you and ensure you receive the best legal assistance, we've created a stress-free three-step process to help you seek justice.
Additionally, our medical malpractice attorneys work on contingency, meaning that you and your family pay nothing unless we settle your medical malpractice case successfully. To give you a better idea of what the process looks like, we've outlined it below for you.
During this phase, your medical malpractice attorney from The Ruth Law Team will gather the documentation necessary to establish your claim and file your case. We will request medical records and medical bills for the care you receive. Our team also collects employment records for medical professionals listed on the lawsuit directly, alongside documentation for any previous medical malpractice claims.
After we gather the documentation to support your claims, The Ruth Law Team begins an in-depth investigation and gathers additional supporting data to prove your case. Your medical malpractice attorney may gather footage from recorded procedures or work with medical professionals and subject matter experts to gain insight into how standards of care were violated during your treatment.
Once we've established your case, The Ruth Law Team will utilize our knowledge, experience, and expertise to negotiate the best possible settlement for our clients in a timely manner. Ultimately our medical malpractice attorneys understand how to fight medical professionals, facilities, and insurance providers so that our clients receive the maximum compensation for their injuries.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Over the last 40 years, The Ruth Law Team medical malpractice attorneys have developed a reputation for securing the maximum settlement possible for client cases just like yours. Our team makes every effort to provide you with passionate care and comprehensive service. Ultimately, we aim to help you seek justice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Our team of knowledgable and highly skilled medical malpractice attorneys includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Your team will work with you during each step of the process, providing you insight and building the strongest case possible to help you seek justice.
Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can leave patients with life-long consequences. Malpractice can impact your ability to work, attend school, live your life, and in extreme cases, it can result in the death of yourself or a loved one. The Ruth Law Team works diligently to provide you with excellent service and quick resolution. We strive to help each of our clients receive the maximum settlement so that they can take the next step forward.
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