Did you suffer injury after seeking treatment from a gastroenterologist? You might be entitled to compensation. These specialists treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system. When they make mistakes, they can cause serious damage to the body.
Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer has been helping medical malpractice victims in Miami, FL, for years. We’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of individuals and families in South Florida.
Don’t delay your malpractice claim. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a Miami gastroenterologist malpractice lawyer.
How Can Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After a Gastrointestinal Injury in Miami?
Medical malpractice is a leading cause of injury and death in Miami, Florida, and throughout the United States. If your gastroenterologist injured you, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Miami medical malpractice lawyers can help you hold them accountable for these losses.
Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer is led by Boris Lavent, an award-winning Miami medical malpractice lawyer who works tirelessly to protect his clients’ rights. Boris has been recognized as a Top 40 under 40 Trial Attorney for his representation of injured clients and has recovered millions for the same.
Hire us, and our legal team will:
- Investigate your medical provider’s error
- Match the hospital and malpractice insurer’s resources tit for tat
- Work with leading medical experts in South Florida to strengthen your claim
- Calculate your damages and conduct negotiations with the insurance company
We aren’t afraid to take your medical malpractice case to trial to protect your rights. Contact us today to get started on your claim. Our Miami personal injury attorney is standing by.
What Does a Gastroenterologist Do?
Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract or digestive system are often treated by a specialist known as a “gastroenterologist.” A gastroenterologist may specialize in one specific area or may treat all diseases that impact certain body functions.
A gastroenterologist include might treat:
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Esophageal stenosis
- Reflux esophagitis
- Pancreatic disease
- Heartburn and peptic ulcers
- Gallbladder disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Colorectal cancer
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Mistakes and errors made by a gastroenterologist can have catastrophic consequences for the patient. The worst cases can result in severe injuries and wrongful death.
What Are Common Causes of Gastroenterologist Medical Malpractice?
Gastroenterologists perform a variety of procedures to treat gastrointestinal and digestive diseases. Examples of treatments and procedures include endoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, CT colonography, colonoscopies, and surgery. A mistake or error while performing these or other medical procedures could result in permanent impairments, disabilities, or death.
Diagnostic errors are another common cause of gastroenterologist medical malpractice claims. Failing to diagnose a condition can result in adverse outcomes for the patient, including additional injuries or life-threatening conditions.
Other common causes of gastroenterologist malpractice include:
- Failure to communicate with staff members and other health care providers
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Incorrect interpretation of lab results or diagnostic tests
- Failing to prescribe the correct medication or medical procedure
- Not referring a patient to a specialist promptly
- Failing to perform a medical treatment
- Performing medical services under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to prescribe treatments or order tests based on insurance coverage
- Failure to identify risks and order examinations and tests based on risk factors
- Failing to follow up and monitor a patient post-surgery
- Surgical errors, including performing the wrong surgery, anesthesia errors, and leaving foreign objects in the patient
Any acts or omissions of a gastroenterologist that fail to meet acceptable medical standards could result in a medical negligence claim.
What Damages Can I Recover for a Gastroenterologist Medical Malpractice Claim?
The injuries caused by gastroenterologist malpractice can be life-altering. A person who develops a permanent impairment may be unable to work or return to normal daily activities.
Economic and non-economic damages in a medical malpractice claim against a gastroenterologist include:
- Medical bills, including the cost of past, present, and future medical treatment
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering, including emotional, physical, and mental suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life and reduced quality of life
- Rehabilitative and vocational therapies
- Mental health counseling and treatment
Documenting your damages is the best way to maximize the value of your claim. A Miami medical malpractice lawyer may retain one or more experts to help assess your claim. Expert witnesses can evaluate your future care needs and offer guidance about the extent of your damages.
How Do I Prove a Gastroenterologist is Liable for My Injuries?
Proving malpractice can be complicated. You have the burden of proving the legal elements of malpractice.
Malpractice claims require proof of the following:
- The physician owed you a duty of care
- They breached the duty of care
- The breach was a direct and proximate cause of your injury
- You sustained damages because of the breach of duty
Establishing that a medical professional breached the duty of care requires hiring medical experts. The medical experts will review your case to determine the accepted medical standard of care for your treatment. The standard of care is based on what other doctors with similar experience and training would have done under the same or similar circumstances.
After establishing the standard of care, the medical expert will determine how your gastroenterologist’s actions deviated from the standard of care. Then, the medical expert must explain how the deviation from the standard of care resulted in your injuries. The hospital will have its own medical experts to testify that the gastroenterologist met the standard of care.
The jurors decide who to believe. They listen to both parties’ evidence to determine whether the gastroenterologist committed malpractice.
What Should I Do if My Gastroenterologist Injuries Me?
Seek immediate medical attention from a specialist if a gastroenterologist’s actions cause injury or harm. You need to protect your health and right to compensation.
Next, seek legal advice from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Miami. Your attorney will assess your case, advise you of your legal rights, and guide you through the process of seeking compensation for your injuries and damages.
Is There a Deadline for Filing Gastroenterologist Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida?
Yes, the Florida Statute of Limitations sets deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits.
In most medical malpractice cases, you must file a lawsuit within:
- Two years from the date of the incident
- Two years from discovering the incident
- Two years from the date you should have reasonably discovered the incident
However, no action can be filed later than four years from the date of the incident. There could be different deadlines regarding actions involving children.
Contact Our Miami, FL Medical Malpractice Attorney for a Free Consultation
Has your gastroenterologist caused you harm? Have you incurred financial losses and experienced pain and suffering? Our legal team at Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer has the experience, skills, resources, and knowledge to handle a complex medical malpractice claim.
Contact our law firm to schedule your free consultation with our Miami gastroenterologist malpractice lawyer. We want to help you get the justice you deserve.