When you visit the doctor, you must trust that they will deliver the high-quality care necessary to keep you healthy. In most instances, this trust is validated by the quality treatment we receive. However, there are certain moments when healthcare professionals fail to uphold their duty to provide quality care. When careless errors or negligent care from a healthcare professional result in an injury, it constitutes medical malpractice and you may be entitled, with the help of a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer, to recover compensation for your damages.
Unfortunately, it is not always easy to determine whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice. Negligent doctors rarely admit that they made a mistake which led to a serious injury. You will need the help of an experienced Palm Beach Gardens medical malpractice lawyer to uncover the truth and get you the answers you need. The best way to learn about your rights and options is to speak with one of our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys today.
Elements of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to provide a level of care that meets the standards established by the medical community, and a patient is injured as a result. Often the injuries caused by medical errors can be very serious, requiring additional medical procedures to correct. In some cases, medical malpractice victims may experience life-altering injuries or even wrongful death. In Florida, medical errors are classified in one of two ways: as errors of commission or errors of omission.
Some of the most common errors of commission include:
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Nursing errors
- Birth injuries
Examples of errors of omission that a West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorney can assist with include
- Failure to diagnose
- Inadequate testing
- Blood contamination in a hospital setting
- Failure to perform a critical procedure
- Failure to provide a critical medication
Proving Malpractice in Palm Beach Gardens
Medical malpractice can be very difficult to prove. It is important to understand that not all unsuccessful outcomes are the result of malpractice. Most medical procedures involve some inherent risks, and it is possible for your doctor to deliver high quality care that results in unforeseen complications. In order to achieve a successful outcome to your claim, you or a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer must be able to prove that your injuries were the result of negligence. You must be able to prove the following elements in order to establish the existence of medical malpractice:
• The medical professional owed you a duty of care
• There was a breach in this duty of care caused by an error or negligent treatment falling below the standards established by the medical community
• An injury directly resulted from this breach in duty of care
Gaining the Assistance of a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The Palm Beach Gardens medical malpractice lawyers at Domnick Cunningham & Whalen understand the complex medical issues associated with these cases, and we work with a team of medical experts who will evaluate your case for signs of malpractice. This expert testimony can be very important when seeking to maximize the value of your compensation.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, please contact us. If you were a victim of wrongdoing or negligence that contributed to the injury, our West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyers will defend your rights and stand up to the responsible party on your behalf.