When you visit a medical facility in Miami, Fort Myers, Ft Lauderdale, or anywhere in south Florida with a complaint, you assume you are going to be treated well and leave in better condition than when you entered. Sadly, that is not always the case. Medical malpractice and medical negligence cause hundreds of thousands of people undue harm each year in the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a medical mistake, contact our Miami medical negnigence lawyers. You may be entitled to financial compensation for damages.
The experienced medical negligence attorneys at the Cochran Firm’s South Florida office have the experience, knowledge, and resources necessary to fight physicians, their lawyers, and big insurance companies and win. Our verdicts and settlements speak for themselves. We have been awarded countless multi-million dollar settlements for victims of medical negligence in Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and throughout the South Florida area whose lives were forever changed by someone else’s careless behavior, poor judgment, or egregious disregard for safety.
While there are many forms medical malpractice and medical negligence such as:
- surgical errors
- emergency room mistakes
- injuries to babies during delivery
- prescription errors
- failure to diagnose cancer of the colon and rectum
- failure to properly diagnose
- delay in diagnosing life threatening conditions
All forms of cancer share one characteristic and that is they are most successfully treated while in the early stages. Regardless of the type of cancer a person may have, the sooner it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. For this reason, misdiagnosing cancer as something else, or not diagnosing cancer in a timely fashion will, of course, waste valuable treatment time; wasted treatment time can lead to death more quickly than had treatment been provided right away.
Because time is of the essence, physicians and other medical professionals must be vigilant in their efforts to detect cancer by evaluating symptoms and gathering thorough medical histories. If the proper tests are not ordered, or if tests are read incorrectly, valuable time is wasted, and the patient’s life is at risk. Florida law allows individuals who have received improper medical treatment to seek restitution; medical malpractice claims are crucial in ensuring patients receive appropriate medical care.
Cardiac symptoms are often misdiagnosed as gastro-intestinal conditions or anxiety. Many of the 500,000 heart attack deaths each year in the United States could have been prevented by quick diagnosis and treatment. Some of the obvious signs of cardiac distress are:
- Chest pain that feels like a crushing, burning or squeezing sensation
- Shortness of breath
- Arm pain
- Feeling lightheaded or fainting
Our South Florida medical negligence and cancer attorneys have had experience with some clients being hesitant to come forward to get legal advice because they are not sure if their loved one’s heart attack could have been prevented. It is true that not all negative outcomes in hospitals are instances of medical malpractice, but if you feel that something is just not quite right, then it’s best to seek legal advice. Some classic signs that a hospital or doctor may feel “negligent” in his/her actions are:
- Communication with you ceases
- The hospital staff or doctor seems too concerned
- There is mention of the hospital’s legal department
- A staff member suggests that you seek legal advice
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis in Miami, Fort Myers, Ft Lauderdale or anywhere in South Florida, please contact the medical negligence attorneys or cancer lawyers at The Cochran Firm today to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation with one of our experienced malpractice lawyers.