Medical Malpractice Attorney Palm Beach County
Doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals literally have your life in their hands when they do their work. Their jobs require the highest levels of care and diligence. When they make a mistake, it can cause tragic, painful, debilitating and even deadly results.
Yet doctors and medical professionals do make mistakes. They make oversights while performing procedures, miss diagnoses they should not, or give advice that causes more harm than good.
If you have been a patient who has suffered because of an error by a health care professional, then you deserve to be compensated for the harm you suffered as a result.
Delray Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have suffered as the victim of malpractice, a dedicated trial attorney can take on the insurance companies and help get you the compensation you deserve. A skilled Delray Beach medical malpractice lawyer from McLaughlin Morris, P.A. will fight for justice for you.
We have years of experience in South Florida courtrooms, advocating for our clients to be made whole after mistakes from doctors and other medical professionals caused them great pain and suffering and cost them thousands of dollars in medical bills to reverse the errors made. Call us today at (561) 404-0529, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, to schedule a free consultation to talk to our attorneys.
We represent people injured in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, including in Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Hialeah, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Duty of Care for Medical Professionals in Palm Beach County
Most personal injury lawsuits are due to "negligence." Negligence means the person failed to use reasonable care, or did something a person using reasonable care would not do.
Doctors, hospitals, nurses, surgeons and any type of health care professional, however, do not just use the reasonable care of any person. Their actions and practice must meet the standards of a reasonably careful and similarly situated health care professional. A dentist must act as a reasonably careful dentist, for instance.
Any action or decision a health care professional takes must be in accordance with the professional standards of care in their line of practice. It is a national standard, not just one for other South Florida-area professionals. Doctors and anyone upon whom you rely for medical attention must meet these stringent, high standards, or they could be found negligent in their care.
There is no guarantee of success for every treatment or procedure. The doctor or medical professional, however, is supposed to exercise every precaution and avoid any mistake when executing the treatment and procedure. When helping you make your decision, the doctor is also supposed to inform you of every plausible consequence.
Failure to Diagnose
When you come to a doctor complaining of discomfort, pain or any condition that may be caused by a physiological problem, it is the doctor's duty to examine you thoroughly and consider every possible cause. This is especially critical because many health conditions become worse if left untreated, including strokes and heart attacks.
The doctor will be considered negligent if he or she was not sufficiently thorough in investigating the complaint. It is possible for a doctor to make a wrong diagnosis without being negligent. However, if a patient complains of a certain symptom, the doctor should look at all possible causes of that symptom and at least offer to perform the requisite tests. He or she should not merely treat the problem as if the most likely cause is the reason for it.
Failure to Treat Infection
Infection is extremely common after surgery and other invasive procedures. Surgery involves opening the body, which can expose it to bacteria and other microorganisms. These microorganisms attach to the body and can cause infection.