Wrong Diagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Every year, wrong diagnosis and delayed diagnosis cause at least 40,000 deaths, along with countless injuries, illnesses, and medical complications. If a doctor is not paying enough attention, or if they rush to diagnose a potentially complex medical condition, they may overlook key symptoms, leading them to misdiagnose a patient’s illness or injury. Or, they may diagnose a condition too late – when it has already become more advanced and dangerous – because of their failure to recognize symptoms and follow up.

Some medical issues are inherently hard to diagnose, requiring extensive tests and special tools. As long as a doctor is diligently performing these tests and working toward a solution, they cannot be considered negligent. However, if they fail to pay attention to signs they should have immediately recognized, or if they do not provide you with adequate testing, they can be held responsible for medical malpractice.

Some examples of wrong diagnosis and delayed diagnosis include:

  • Failing to follow the accepted standards of medical care
  • Failing to acknowledge or follow-up on a patient’s concerns
  • Failure to recognize serious medical problems
  • Failure to appropriately respond to medical complications

If you have suffered injury, or if your loved one has died because of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyers.

Choosing a Wrongful Death Attorney

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The sudden loss of a loved one is never anything less than a tragedy. However, when you learn that your family member’s death was caused by another person’s carelessness or wrongdoing, your grief is likely joined by anger and a desire for justice. Although no amount of money can bring your loved one back, filing a wrongful death case can help you hold the negligent person responsible for your loved one’s death, giving your family a sense of closure.

Choosing the right wrongful death attorney is important. When researching attorneys in your area, look into their background: do they have a strong history of success with wrongful death cases? Do they often handle cases with circumstances similar to yours? Do they focus on personal injury law? If these answers are not immediately apparent on the attorney’s website, schedule a personal consultation.

A good wrongful death attorney should not only have the resources you need to build the strongest case possible on behalf of your loved one, they should also be a compassionate, positive presence in the midst of your family’s crisis. At The Cochran Firm South Florida, our experienced wrongful death attorneys will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death in order to find out who was responsible, collecting the evidence we need to prove their fault. You can trust our team to fight tirelessly for the rights of your lost loved one, seeking the compensation your family needs to help make ends meet in this difficult time.

If you are looking for a wrongful death lawyer you can trust in the Miami, West Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale areas of Florida, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys.

What if the Person Who Caused My Car Accident Has No Insurance?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

According to the Insurance Research Council, 24% of all Florida drivers do not carry car insurance. If you get into a car accident with a negligent driver who is uninsured, all of your financial losses – property damage, medical bills, and more – will most likely fall on you, since the driver cannot compensate you through an insurance company.

In order to protect yourself from this potential financial disaster, you should purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. Some states require all drivers to carry UM/UIM coverage; unfortunately, Florida is not one of them. It is optional in our state. However, we highly encourage you to purchase it. Otherwise, you may not have any way of getting financial assistance after a serious accident with an uninsured driver.

Underinsured motorists pose just as much of a problem. Many people do not carry the minimum liability coverage that Florida requires, meaning they may not be able to cover all of your expenses in the event of an accident.

In Florida, all drivers must carry the following minimum liability coverage amounts:

  • $10,000 for bodily injury of one person in a car accident.
  • $20,000 for bodily injury of multiple people in a car accident.
  • $10,000 for property damage in a car accident.

As long as you have UM/UIM protection, your insurance company should pay you the difference if you get into an accident with an underinsured motorist. Unfortunately, even with this important coverage, some insurance companies will still try to downplay your injuries or deny your claim in order to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve.

If you have been in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Miami accident lawyers. We represent injured car accident victims throughout Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Is It Possible for a Juvenile to Receive Life in Jail?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In general, yes, it is possible for a juvenile to receive a life sentence; however, the US Supreme Court recently ruled it is unconstitutional to mandate life without parole for a juvenile. Now more than ever, it is critical to seek the defense of an experienced attorney if police charge your child with a serious crime.

Life in prison without the possibility of release is a serious sentence for a child. Almost 1,600 people are currently serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. Mandatory minimums of life-without-parole ignore how the child’s history, family life, developing brain and extenuating circumstances may have contributed to the crime. Oftentimes, juveniles charged with crimes are first-time offenders.

This past June, the US Supreme Court ruled mandatory life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the majority opinion, which stated that a judge or jury must consider mitigating circumstances before automatically imposing life without the possibility of parole for minors charged with a crime.

Life without parole is still a possibility for certain juvenile crimes, but not a given in any case, according to the Supreme Court ruling.

If your child has been charged with a crime, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with our experienced defense attorneys, serving West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas.

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Most employers in Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage, but, in certain situations, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you are an independent contractor for example, you may not be eligible. One of the best ways to find out if you are covered is to speak to our attorneys.

According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, employers required to carry workers’ compensation coverage include:

  • A construction industry employer with one or more employees, including the employer.
  • An employer in an industry other than construction with four or more full or part-time employees.
  • State or local government employers.

Workers’ compensation benefits cover medical costs and lost wages. If applicable, your benefits may cover temporary or permanent disability. In the case of death, death benefits may be provided.

After being injured because of your job, you deserve compensation to help you pay for your injury-related expenses. If you are unsure of your workers’ compensation coverage, our attorneys can determine your eligibility and whether there are any other avenues of recovering compensation for your injury.

If you have suffered an injury on the job, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in Miami

Breast Implant Problems

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Medical malpractice that causes breast implant problems can have a devastating effect on your life. You may have horrific aesthetic problems, or you may have suffered severe health issues because of a surgical mistake or other malpractice related to your breast implants.

Risks are inherent to breast augmentation. Even if your surgeon provides the highest quality care and the greatest attention to the procedure, an unavoidable complication may arise; however, in some cases, breast implant problems could have been avoided if the surgeon had not acted carelessly.

Possible breast implant problems include:

  • Infection
  • Symmastia (uni-boob)
  • Ruptured artery
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of sensation

Symmastia, nerve and breast damage and other surgical errors may be caused by a plastic surgeon who performs certain procedural steps in a way that deviates from what is normal. Also, life-threatening infections can be caused if an implant is placed in an unsanitary manner or if a surgeon fails to diagnose an infection.

The only way to find out if your breast implant problems were caused by medical malpractice is to consult our attorneys.

If you believe a medical error may have led to your breast implant problems, and if you live in or around West Palm Beach, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.

Defining Personal Injury Law

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

When you have been injured in an accident, you have suffered a personal injury. When you seek compensation for your injuries with the help of an attorney, you are filing a lawsuit under personal injury law.

Personal injury law holds that a person or company responsible for harm should be held accountable for their actions and required to provide compensation for the victim. While this sounds straight forward, personal injury law is incredibly complex and demands an experienced and dedicated attorney to properly navigate. The West Palm Beach injury lawyers at the Cochran Firm South Florida have years of experience helping victims of personal injury get justice and receive the full compensation they deserve.

Common Causes of Personal Injury

Our injury lawyers have successfully represented personal injury victims in claims involving:

No matter what the cause of your injury, we are prepared to investigate your accident, determine liability, and fight to get you every penny you are due.

If you live in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or surrounding areas of South Florida and have sustained an injury in any type of accident, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with one of our injury lawyers today.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Miami Car Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 25,000 people are killed and 700,000 are injured by drunk or impaired drivers every year. In fact, over 50 percent of all fatal car accidents involve an alcohol impaired driver, and the same percentage of Americans can expect to be involved in an accident caused by an impaired driver in their lifetime.

However, if you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by an intoxicated driver, you don’t need statistics, you need justice. The aggressive Miami accident attorneys at our firm are prepared to take your case and fight to get you every penny you are due.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

Did you know that in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you may be able to hold numerous parties liable for your injuries? The driver can, of course, be held liable, but in many cases so too can people who supplied the driver with the intoxicating substance such as bartenders. Your Miami accident attorney from our firm will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident, determine all liable parties, and do whatever is necessary to win for you the settlement you deserve.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by an intoxicated driver in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or anywhere else in South Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a no cost consultation today.

Why You Need an Attorney Following a Car Accident in Ft. Lauderdale

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

There are a number of reasons you need an attorney following a car accident, but all of them boil down to this: Without an attorney, you will never be granted the full compensation you need to recover from your injuries.

How Insurance Works

When you are involved in a car accident, insurance companies begin working immediately to minimize your settlement. They do this because they are devoted to protecting their record-breaking profits. If you accept an insurance company settlement, you waive your right to seek legitimate compensation. Knowing this, insurance companies have developed a number of tricks and strategies to get victims to sign away their rights in exchange for what may seem like a good deal. The deals offered by insurance are never good. They are intended to cheat you out of your fair due, not help you recover.

How We Work

Our Ft. Lauderdale accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents get the maximum compensation they deserve. Unlike the insurance company, our devotion is to getting justice for victims and winning settlements that take into account damages such as:

  • All medical expenses, including rehabilitation and home health care
  • Any current and future lost wages
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

If you have been in a car accident in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or surrounding areas of South Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida today to learn all that you may be entitled to.

Who Can Collect Damages for Wrongful Death?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In the state of Florida, a number of family members may be entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Eligible family members may include:

  • Spouses
  • Dependent children
  • Adopted children
  • Parents

The amount of compensation will be based on the relationship of the family member to the deceased and cannot be sought by multiple parties. For example, a dependent child cannot file a wrongful death lawsuit independent of one filed by a spouse. The best way to determine if you can collect damages is by consulting with one of the Miami wrongful death lawyers at our firm.

Damages Sought in Wrongful Death lawsuits

Typical damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses related to the injury that resulted in death
  • End of life expenses
  • Projected lifetime income
  • Projected future contributions such as mortgage and tuition
  • Future insurance coverage
  • Loss of emotional support
  • Loss of a loved one

These damages can be excessive and will be fought every step of the way by insurance companies liable for payment. Only with the help of an aggressive and tenacious wrongful death lawyer can you be sure that you and your family are provided with the full compensation you deserve.

If you have lost a loved one to an accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers today.