When we go to the doctor or hospital, we hope to leave in better shape than when we came in; unfortunately, that is not always the case. There are times when doctors and other healthcare professionals make medical mistakes, and we suffer from them. Medical professionals are in an admirable position – they chose to devote their lives to helping others – but they are not infallible. Mistakes are made and lives are too often lost because of those mistakes.
If you have suffered due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the responsible parties. The medical malpractice attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida in Miami, Fort Myers, and Ft Lauderdale stand ready to hear the details of your injury and determine whether or not you have a valid medical malpractice claim.
Types of Medical Malpractice
We have represented Florida residents in a variety of medical malpractice claims. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice we have seen include the following:
- Surgical malpractice
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Emergency room errors
- Birth injuries
- Pharmaceutical mistakes (medication errors)
In surgical medical malpractice, a surgeon may accidentally cause damage to an internal organ, vein or other body part that can cause severe injury and medical problems later. In many cases, these types of medical errors will not show themselves until weeks or even months after the patient has recovered from the surgery.
Any healthcare provided by a medical professional during the labor and delivery process that is below the acceptable standard of care for their profession is deemed negligent. Birth injury medical malpractice cases rely on this fact, as well as the fact that either a newborn child or the mother was injured or suffered damages as a result of this negligent action.
Some common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Brachial Plexus
- Dejerine-Klumpke Palsy
- Brain damage
- Fetal death
Our Miami medical malpractice lawyers also handle cases where a late diagnosis caused permanent damage, or the wrong type of delivery was ordered. Birth injury cases may involve several defendants – such as nurses, midwives, hospitals, and more – who can all be charged with causing undue injury.
One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is medication error (or pharmaceutical mistakes). Oftentimes, prescription drug errors go unreported or even unnoticed by patients because the side effects of the mistake may not be that serious. In other cases, of course, the mistake can be much more serious, and even fatal.
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical malpractice, please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a no-cost consultation in Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Myers, or anywhere in South Florida.