Miami, FL Doctor Negligence Attorney
Medical students undergo years of training to become licensed as doctors and nurses. Unfortunately, even experienced physicians can deliver substandard care that causes or accelerates the death, injury, or illness of a patient. In fact, studies have suggested that medical errors cause anywhere from 250,000 to 440,000 deaths every year in the United States. If you or a family member was injured or became sick due to receiving improper medical treatment, you are far from alone – and legal help is available.
Prosper Shaked, founder of The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked, is a Miami doctor negligence lawyer who represents patients in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors, surgeons, hospitals, and other Florida healthcare providers. Proudly serving Miami, Prosper is dedicated to holding physicians accountable when medical errors harm patients. If you believe that your doctor, your spouse’s physician, or your child’s pediatrician committed malpractice, Prosper is here to offer guidance and help you fight. Contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked online to set up a free legal consultation, or call (305) 694-2676 for 24-hour assistance.
What is Doctor Negligence?
Doctor negligence, medical negligence, and medical malpractice are related terms that describe a failure to provide reasonable and appropriate patient care, considering factors like the physician’s level of experience. When a doctor causes or exacerbates a patient’s injury or illness by making mistakes or acting improperly, he or she has committed malpractice.
Proving that negligence or malpractice caused a patient’s death or injury, rather than a terminal illness or other preexisting factors, can be exceptionally difficult. Doctor negligence lawsuits often hinge on extremely complex medical data, making it crucial to have legal guidance from a skilled Miami medical malpractice attorney.
Examples of Medical Malpractice by a Negligent Doctor
Negligent medical care can take many forms, depending on the patient’s condition and the nature of his or her treatment plan. However, some of the most common types of medical errors include the following:
- Failing to analyze risk factors in the patient’s medical history when evaluating care plans
- Failing to diagnose cancer, heart disease, or other life-threatening conditions
- Failing to follow up with patients after an exam, lab test, or treatment
- Failure to interpret lab results or medical images correctly
- Losing or mixing up patient files and medications
- Making surgical errors or performing medical procedures incorrectly (such as applying too much force when delivering a baby with forceps, or using an inappropriate technique when performing surgery)
- Misdiagnosing the patient’s condition as something else (such as misdiagnosing lung cancer as pneumonia, the flu, a cold, or bronchitis)
- Overprescribing potentially dangerous and addictive medications, typically opioids or other strong painkillers
- Physically or sexually assaulting patients who are under sedation or anesthesia
- Pushing patients into aggressive, risky procedures without adequately explaining the risks or alternatives
- Waiting too long to perform a procedure, or conversely, performing procedures too early (such as taking out stitches before a wound is finished healing)
Can I Sue My Doctor for Negligent Care or Medical Errors?
You may have a medical malpractice case if you suffered an injury or illness because your doctor either:
- Took inappropriate actions (such as botching a surgical procedure)
- Failed to take necessary actions (such as failing to diagnose an illness)
For your claim to succeed, you must be able to prove that:
- The parties who injured you owed you a “duty of care,” like the duty owed to patients by their doctors.
- Your doctor breached the duty of care by providing inadequate or improper treatment, or by violating other standards for patient safety and professionalism.
- You suffered some sort of harm.
- The harm was caused by your doctor’s error (or errors).
It is also important for malpractice victims to act in a timely fashion, since legal deadlines prevent filing a lawsuit after a certain period of time. This deadline is known as the “statute of limitations.”
In some situations, the statute of limitations can be extended under the discovery rule, giving injury victims more time to sue. For example, this might occur if a patient’s injuries take months or years to become noticeable. However, it is in your best interests to act as soon as possible, which will make it easier to obtain and preserve vital evidence that supports your case.
Miami Doctor Negligence Lawyer Serving Victims of Medical Malpractice
At The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked, we have built a reputation for delivering strong, aggressive legal representation focused on obtaining results. A former prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Prosper Shaked approaches every case with an eye for detail and a commitment to justice. He can fight to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other harm that you have suffered because of your doctor’s careless mistakes. To discuss a potential medical negligence lawsuit confidentially in a free legal consultation, call The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 694-2676, or contact us online today.