Jupiter Medical Malpractice Lawyer
You trust your health care providers to deliver top quality care, but statistics indicate that many physicians fail to meet the standards you expect. According to a 2019 Medical Malpractice Payout Report published by a leading medical malpractice insurance provider, Florida ranks third in the total dollar value of claims. Victims of medical mistakes were paid, on average, $268,466 for medical errors by physicians.
While medical malpractice falls in the category of personal injury, these cases are extremely complicated due to the technical subject matter. As such, it’s wise to work with legal counsel that has extensive experience in this area. Our team at Scott Smith Injury Law is prepared to handle the complex tasks, so please contact our firm to set up a free consultation with a Jupiter medical malpractice lawyer today.
Medical Malpractice Takes Many Forms
Health care professionals have a legal duty to provide care in accordance with generally accepted standards in the medical field. If they deviate from this obligation and cause harm to a patient, physicians, hospitals, and other practitioners can be held liable for the losses that result. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims include:
- Surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong patient or body part, or leaving an object inside the patient;
- Misdiagnosis, including the failure to diagnose and diagnosing an improper medical condition;
- Errors in diagnosing and treating cancer;
- Mistakes in administering anesthesia;
- Birth injuries;
- Hospital negligence, such as understaffing and failures in the hiring process;
- Medication errors, which can result in the wrong drug or dosage; and,
- Many others.
Compensation for Victims of Medical Malpractice
If you can prove the essential elements of medical malpractice in Florida, you can seek monetary damages for all associated losses. There are two types of compensation available in a med mal case:
- Economic Damages: Some losses are easily calculated through receipts, invoices, and other documentation. Medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses related to your care fall into this category.
- Non-Economic Damages: This type of compensation is personal and subjective, since it’s based upon how your medical malpractice injuries affect your life. Often termed “pain and suffering,” non-economic damages may also include:
- Emotional distress;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Diminished quality of life; and,
- Losses that impact your personal relationships with a spouse, children, and other loved ones.
Our team at Scott Smith Injury Law is dedicated to ensuring you receive the full amount allowed by law. We begin by attempting to reach a settlement with the negligent health care provider, since many medical malpractice cases are resolved out of court. If we cannot agree on a fair amount of compensation, we’ll file a lawsuit to enforce your rights.
Get Legal Help from a Jupiter, FL Medical Malpractice Attorney
For more information about your rights and remedies as the victim of a medical error, please contact Scott Smith Injury Law to schedule a no-cost case evaluation. You can reach our office by calling 561.500.HELP (4357) or visiting us online. Once we have a chance to review your circumstances in more detail, we can advise you and assist with the claims process.