Millions of patients are treated in hospitals in the United States each year. Some patients are treated in the emergency room. Other patients are admitted to the hospital for surgery or other procedures.
Unfortunately, many patients sustain harm in Miami hospitals because of medical negligence or a medical error.
The Miami medical malpractice lawyer at Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer represents clients who have been injured or harmed because of medical negligence or wrongdoing.
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How Our Miami Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured Because of Hospital Malpractice
Hospital malpractice can cause significant damage to patients and their families. We work diligently to recover maximum compensation for your medical malpractice case. Our law firm has recovered substantial settlements and verdicts for clients injured because of another party’s negligence.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Thoroughly investigate your case to determine how you were injured and who is responsible for your damages
- File insurance claims and deal with the insurance company and other parties
- Handle all aspects of your personal injury case
- Forcefully negotiate for the maximum compensation available in your case
- Keep you advised of the progress of your case and provide prompt responses to your concerns or questions
- File medical malpractice lawsuits to protect your legal rights
Medical malpractice claims in Miami, Florida, are complicated personal injury cases. Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer represents clients in Coral Gables and throughout South Florida.
Call our office today to schedule your free consultation with a Miami personal injury attorney.
How Common Are Hospital Malpractice Claims?
Medical mistakes and errors account for about 10 percent of the deaths in the United States each year. Medical malpractice is common in all settings, including hospitals.
Over ten years, 433,151 adverse actions were filed for medical malpractice. Florida was one of the top four states for medical malpractice. Although these figures seem high, deaths and malpractice in hospitals may be underreported.
Overview of Hospital Malpractice
Hospital malpractice can occur in every area of the hospital, from surgical errors and birth injuries to errors made in the hospital pharmacy. Medical professionals and staff members’ negligence can cause wrongful death and permanent disabilities for victims.
What Are Common Causes of Hospital Malpractice?
Numerous errors and mistakes can lead to a hospital malpractice case.
Common causes of hospital malpractice include:
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Failing to obtain and review a patient’s medical history
- Surgical errors and mistakes, including poor post-operative care
- Birth injuries, including failing to perform a timely C-section and failing to monitor the baby for distress
- Medication errors, including giving a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dosage
- Failure to provide the correct treatment or failure to treat an injury or illness
- Anesthesia errors
- Mistakes and errors made in the emergency room
- Failure to order diagnostic tests or errors in interpreting diagnostic tests
- Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis
- Use of defective medical devices
- Failure to clean and disinfect instruments, furniture, equipment, and hospital rooms and areas
- Fatigue caused by long shifts and understaffed hospitals
There are other mistakes and errors that lead to hospital malpractice not mentioned on the list. Our Miami injury lawyers investigate the incident to identify each mistake, error, or incident of negligence that led to your injuries.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Hospital Malpractice
The injuries that hospital patients sustain may vary. Some patients could sustain brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that result in permanent disabilities. A patient may develop an infection that causes permanent damage or life-threatening complications.
Patients could suffer a heart attack, stroke, or another catastrophic event because a healthcare worker failed to recognize symptoms and provide immediate treatment.
Other injuries could include paralysis, permanent nerve damage, amputations, loss of bodily functions, or permanent organ damages. Some hospital errors could even result in the death of a patient.
Who is Liable for a Hospital Malpractice Claim?
The hospital is generally liable for negligence and wrongdoing committed by its employees. Therefore, if a nurse, physician, technician, or another staff member negligently injures a patient, the hospital could be named in a malpractice lawsuit.
Some doctors who treat patients in the hospital are not hospital employees. However, the hospital could be liable if the physician harms a patient in some circumstances.
With a hospital malpractice case, we carefully examine each factor that led to your injury. Our attorney thoroughly analyzes the factors to identify all parties liable for your claim. If the hospital is liable, it could be responsible for compensatory damages, both economic and non-economic.
Economic and non-economic damages in a hospital malpractice case can include:
- The cost of medical care and treatment
- The cost of personal care and in-home health care
- Long-term care costs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of income and decreased earning capacity
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
- Decrease in quality of life or enjoyment of life
In rare cases, a patient may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases involving intentional acts or reckless disregard for a patient’s safety.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Miami Medical Malpractice Law Firm
Florida’s medical malpractice laws are incredibly complicated. You need an attorney with experience handling cases involving this type of personal injury.
Our Miami personal injury lawyers have the experience, skills, and resources to handle the most complex medical malpractice case. Call our office to request a free consultation with an attorney to discuss how we can help you get the money you deserve after a hospital injury.