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Have you been injured by a medical professional’s negligent or wrongful act? We can help.
Common Issues Caused by Medical Malpractice
We trust doctors to treat their patients using discretion and reasonable care, but unfortunately, even doctors make negligent errors. When a patient’s life is quite literally in the doctor’s hands, they must act with prudence and the utmost care, but one mistake on their part can cause devastating injury or even death.
The list below highlights some of the most common issues caused by medical malpractice. If you or a loved one suffered one of these injuries, a medical malpractice attorney in Boca Raton can help you obtain justice and compensation to help you and your family move forward.
Of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, six to eight of them are born with a birth injury. That’s 28,000 birth injuries per year, 2,333 per month, 538 by week, 76 per day, and three birth injuries per hour. Some of these injuries can be treated fairly easily, but others will affect the child for their entire life.
The most common motor disability in childhood, cerebral palsy affects the development of a baby’s brain. A common example of birth-related brain damage is when the infant is deprived of oxygen during the birthing process, which can occur due to improper medical care.
This condition can cause stiff muscles, uncontrollable movements, difficulty walking, eating, and picking up on fine motor skills, and delays in reaching motor skills milestones.
Erb’s Palsy (brachial plexus palsy)
Erb’s palsy is paralysis of the arm caused by injury or trauma to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves. The likelihood that a child will have permanent impairment is 3-25%, but complete recovery is unlikely if the child’s condition fails to improve within the first two weeks of life.
Erb’s palsy causes weakness, loss of feeling, and partial or total paralysis of the affected arm.
Careless and Negligent Errors
Careless and negligent errors during the birthing process include delayed C-section, oxygen deprivation, failure to monitor, wrongful birth, and wrongful pregnancy.
In addition to vaccines, anesthesia is one of the greatest achievements in the medical field. Although it facilitates surgery and prevents patients from feeling pain, anesthesiology is inherently dangerous and comes with serious risks, including death.
Anesthesia errors can occur for several reasons. A patient can be seriously harmed if a doctor administers too much or too little anesthesia or waits too long to administer the drug. Injury or death may also occur if the doctor fails to prevent an adverse reaction from combining anesthesia and another medication, administers the wrong type of anesthesia, fails to properly monitor the patient during a surgical procedure, or uses defective equipment or medical devices during anesthesia.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are chaotic and stressful places, and with some ERs being severely understaffed and ill-equipped, they can cause injuries and in some cases, death.
Due to the nature of the emergency room, these physicians have more leeway than hospitals or office physicians. However, negligence is never excusable, and one negligent or careless mistake on the part of an ER physician can be due to:
Errors in conducting or reading CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays
Medication or prescription errors
Failing to diagnose heart attacks or strokes
Discharging patients when they need continued care
Just because the ER has more leeway doesn’t mean you can’t hold the negligent physician responsible. Call a medical malpractice attorney in Boca Raton at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to learn how your case could qualify.
Nurses, medical technicians, and other individuals employed by the hospital can be held directly liable if you or a loved one were injured while receiving treatment.
Most doctors are not employed by the hospital, as they are independent contractors in the eyes of the law. That means the hospital cannot be held liable even though the malpractice occurred on their property.
As you can imagine, hospital malpractice is complicated. If you or a loved one were injured, you deserve justice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney in Boca Raton will work hard to prove liability, no matter how complicated the case. Contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for more information.
Medical Device Errors
Defective or erroneous medical devices have a high potential to cause severe injury and death.
These are some medical devices with the highest defect rates:
Dialysis filtering devices
You can hold the hospital, manufacturer, or distributor of a defective medical device responsible for your or your loved one’s injury. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Boca Raton at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to learn more.
Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis
We trust that doctors and other medical professionals have the knowledge and experience to correctly diagnose their patients and the integrity to refer cases to other physicians when they cannot.
Each year in the United States, around 12 million people are affected by medical diagnostic errors, including misdiagnosis. Anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 of them die from complications related to the misdiagnosis.
Misdiagnosis could make your current condition worse, as well as delaying the correct diagnosis that could save your life. In some cases, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis result in death.
If you believe you or a loved one were wrongly diagnosed or diagnosed too late, speak with a medical malpractice attorney in Boca Raton at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.
Medication errors are one of the more terrifying examples of medical malpractice. As modern medications become stronger and more available than ever before, the risk of injury and death also increases.
Medications are only effective if the doctor or medical professional prescribes the correct medication and dosage. Unfortunately, some doctors and pharmacists make negligent mistakes in prescribing and filling medications. Some of the most common types of medication errors include:
Failing to warn the patient of the potential side effects of the medication
Mislabeling the medication
Prescribing the wrong type or dosage of medication
Prescribing a medication that has adverse effects when combined with other medications that the patient is taking
Anyone in the chain of prescribing medication – doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, and manufacturers – can be held liable for any injury or death that occurs due to a medication error.
These errors are serious, and the responsible party should be held accountable for their wrongdoing. If you or a loved one suffered injuries or death from a wrongly prescribed medication, contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Boca Raton now. Call Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath at (561) 655-1990 today.
Can I afford a medical malpractice attorney?
You can absolutely afford a medical malpractice attorney.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid when you are awarded a settlement or verdict. We’ll even pay court fines and related expenses – we’re that confident in our ability to get you the money you need.
For any questions regarding fees, call us at (561) 655-1990.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a medical malpractice injury?
In Florida, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years of your discovery of the medical error, or after you should have discovered it through “due diligence.” This deadline is known as a statute of limitations, and it’s important to follow if you plan to hold the doctor liable for your injuries.
The vast majority of Florida medical malpractice cases fall within the two-year statute of limitations, but there are very specific exceptions to the rule.
For example, if a medical provider committed fraud, concealment, or intentional misrepresentation that prevented you from discovering the negligent error, the statute of limitations will be extended two years from the time you finally learned of the error. At the latest, this law will cover you for seven years after the incident.
A medical malpractice claim may also be filed after the expiration of the four-year deadline (or the seven-year deadline for fraud) as long as the claim is filed before the child’s 8th birthday.
We can talk all day about how we win for our clients, but without evidence, those are just empty claims. Here are some of our most notable settlements and verdicts that we’ve won on behalf of our clients in medical malpractice claims:
$35,000,000 settlement for a Palm Beach County birth injury case
$1,250,000 settlement for a Palm Beach County failure to timely diagnose case
$950,000 settlement for a St. Lucie County failure to diagnose case
$900,000 settlement for a Palm Beach County failure to diagnose case
$500,000 settlement for a Palm Beach County botched surgery/retained medical device case.
Of course, every case is different and case results will vary based on the facts and circumstances of the case. If you’d like to know the potential value of your case, contact our office at (561) 655-1990.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Boca Raton Today
As a law firm, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is about holding negligent medical professionals accountable. As people, we are compassionate and understanding, working closely with our clients and their families to obtain the best possible outcome.
With more than 30 years of experience handling Florida’s toughest personal injury and medical malpractice claims, you can trust us to get you the money you need. Call us at (561) 655-1990 today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Medical Malpractice Questions and Answers
Who can be held liable for my medical malpractice injury?
Doctors aren’t the only ones who can be held liable in a medical malpractice case. There are a number of medical professionals against whom you may have a viable case. Some of those medical professionals include:
Radiologists – A doctor can order all the appropriate tests to make a correct diagnosis, but the entire treatment process can be ruined if a radiologist misinterprets or miscommunicates the test results.
Nurses – Nurses have plenty of responsibilities, including the insertion and maintenance of IVs and the intubation of patients. However, a busy ward is no excuse for negligent mistakes such as giving a patient the wrong medication, exposing them to unnecessary dangerous hazards, or leaving them unattended for hours.
Pharmacists – A pharmacist can be held liable if they fill the wrong prescription. For example, they could fill the wrong dose of the medication or the wrong medication altogether.
Hospitals, urgent care centers, clinics, etc. – These parties may be held liable if there was proof of widespread hazardous or unsanitary conditions. They may also be responsible for hiring unqualified or incompetent staff members.
Anesthesiologists – A patient can suffer serious long-term consequences, such as brain damage, or even death if anesthesia is administered improperly. Common examples of anesthesia malpractice include giving a patient the wrong dosage or wrong type of drug. Patients may even wake up in the middle of a painful, invasive procedure if they are given the wrong amount or type of anesthesia.