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.