Did your medical treatment do more harm than good? Victims of medical malpractice have the right to fair compensation when a doctor’s mistake causes them to suffer. An experienced Ocala medical malpractice lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can help you get the full amount you deserve.
There’s no risk in getting the legal advice you deserve. All you have to do is call our law offices to schedule a free consultation today.
How a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Victims of Medical Malpractice in Ocala
When you seek medical attention, you put responsibility for your health into someone else’s hands. You should be able to expect them to provide competent care. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we believe that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals should be held accountable when they make mistakes.
You never expected that you might get involved in a legal battle when you sought medical care. You might not know where to turn for help. You might not even know whether your doctor made a mistake. You deserve to understand your legal rights.
Our experienced Ocala personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation so that we can find out what happened. We’ll help you understand whether you have an injury case. Once you hire us, we’ll do everything we can to get the full compensation your family needs.
That means our lawyers will:
- Carefully review your medical records to find proof that someone made a mistake
- Interview witnesses who can testify about what happened
- Work with medical experts to build a strong case supporting your right to compensation
- Negotiate with the insurance companies so you can focus on your health
- Advocate for your rights in court if necessary to get the full amount you deserve
No doctor can guarantee a perfect result. That makes medical malpractice cases especially complex. It means that not every bad outcome means the doctor made a mistake. Some mistakes should simply never happen. We’ll hire medical experts to prove that you suffered because of one of those errors.
Our lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. have a proven track record of success in even the most complicated medical malpractice cases. Do you want to learn more about our practice areas and how we can help? Just call to schedule your free consultation.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when a doctor makes a mistake that no reasonable doctor should make. It’s a type of negligence–and patients suffer the consequences. To recover compensation for medical negligence, you have to have proof.
You have to prove:
- The healthcare professional owed you a duty of care
- That person made a mistake that no reasonably competent and similarly trained medical professional would make
- The breach of duty (mistake) hurt you
- Your injuries caused you to suffer damages
It isn’t always easy to show that your doctor didn’t do what they were supposed to do. It’s usually more complex than car accident cases. Some patients get worse even with high-quality care. The laws in Florida are designed to protect doctors who provide competent care.
Our lawyers know the law inside and out. We’ll work to prove that your doctor violated the medical standard of care. In Florida, that means showing that your treatment would not have been considered acceptable and appropriate by other trained medical professionals in similar circumstances.
For example, you might have an actionable claim for medical malpractice if your healthcare professional:
- Misdiagnosed your condition
- Failed to run the appropriate diagnostic tests
- Misinterpreted lab results
- Prescribed the wrong prescription drugs or the wrong dosage
- Failed to obtain a full patient history
- Failed to communicate with other medical professionals or refer you to a specialist
- Operated on the wrong body part
- Left a surgical tool inside your body
- Failed to tell you about the risks associated with a treatment protocol
- Failed to provide appropriate follow-up instructions or care
If you were the victim of a medical error in Ocala or elsewhere in Central Florida, don’t wait to get legal help. It’s likely that the clock is already ticking. You don’t have to rely on potentially inexperienced law firms in the lawyer directory. Give us a call today so that we can begin protecting your legal rights.
Examples of the Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we handle all types of medical malpractice injury claims, including those that involve:
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to diagnose cancer or other diseases
- Delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Hospital negligence
- Hospital-acquired infection
- Complications from early discharge
- Brain injury
- Lack of qualification to practice medicine
It’s not always easy for patients to spot medical errors. The sooner you ask for help, the more likely it is that both your health and finances will be protected. Our Ocala medical malpractice attorneys can help you find the quality health care you deserve while we fight to hold your medical team responsible for past mistakes.
Understanding the Harm Caused by Medical Negligence
Victims of medical malpractice can suffer injury or death. The consequences of medical negligence can include:
- The need for more extensive treatments
- Corrective surgery
- Ongoing rehabilitation
- Chronic pain
- Emotional trauma and PTSD
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Victims of medical errors can face worsened health issues that can last a lifetime. Your quality of life can be dramatically impacted. You shouldn’t have to bear the financial costs of a mistake that serious.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Medical Malpractice?
Most people know that you can hold a negligent doctor accountable for medical errors. In reality, any medical professional can be held responsible. The relevant duty of care will depend upon who was negligent–because every healthcare professional has a different job function.
Responsible parties may include:
- Lab technicians
- Hospitals and medical facilities
- Emergency room staff
A medical error can happen at any stage of your medical treatment. If the mistake was one that a similarly-trained professional would not have made, you can hold that party responsible.
Hospitals and other medical facilities can be held liable for negligent employees. Nurses, lab technicians and others who are employed by these facilities might not carry malpractice insurance. Our lawyers will work to identify every responsible party–and your case might involve making a claim against the hospital itself.
What is the Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Florida?
Generally, the statute of limitations in Florida medical malpractice cases is two years. That means you have to take action within two years of the date of the error. If you don’t, you can lose your right to compensation.
Florida laws do give medical malpractice victims some flexibility. Florida also follows a discovery rule. That means you have two years from the date you discovered the mistake or reasonably should have known about it. Despite this, you have no more than four years after the error happened.
If you aren’t sure how long you have to sue for damages, it’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We’ll use our resources to find out what happened and whether you have the right to compensation.
What Types of Damages Can Medical Malpractice Victims Claim in Ocala?
A serious medical error can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime–if not more. You don’t deserve to deal with that type of financial stress on your own.
If a medical error caused you harm, you deserve compensation for:
- The cost of your medical bills
- Lost wages if you can’t work
- Future medical expenses related to correcting the error
- Loss of your future earning capacity
- Physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- PTSD and anxiety
- Diminished quality of life
- Damages for wrongful death
Damages in a medical malpractice case fall into two basic categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages represent your actual expenses and financial loss. Non-economic damages are for the suffering the mistake caused to you and your family.
Up until a few years ago, damages for non-economic losses were capped at around $500,000 in Florida. Fortunately, the state Supreme Court struck down that cap as unconstitutional. That means you’re entitled to recover the full amount of both your economic and non-economic losses.
That doesn’t mean establishing the value of your non-economic losses is simple. Our personal injury attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. carefully evaluate the impact on your life. We work with experts whose opinion matters in the eyes of the insurance company. That puts us in the best possible position to maximize your compensation award.
Contact an Experienced Ocala Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Learn More About Your Legal Right to Compensation
We know you’re going through a difficult time if the results of your medical treatment didn’t turn out as well as you hoped. Learning that your suffering was all because of a preventable medical mistake can make things even more difficult. An experienced Ocala medical malpractice lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can help.
We can explain your rights and help you understand what to expect from the legal process. Your first consultation is free, so give us a call today.