In Florida, many people are unsure if they have a medical malpractice case. They sometimes suspect the ER did something wrong or sometimes the second doctor, that does a followup surgery, tells them they should look into the situation, that they have a prior injury. If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, contact our medical malpractice attorney immediately. We carefully review your situation in a no-obligation, free legal consultation to determine if you have a legitimate case. Many patients feel neglect and abandonment from a system that is supposed to be caring.
Patients and their loved ones say they aren't getting straight answers about what happened to them. They expect transparency from doctors and nurses, but often don't experience it. ProPublica set out to capture patients' stories and found that many described feeling victimized a second time by the way they were treated after experiencing harm. Only 13% said individual caregivers voluntarily disclosed the harm.
In Florida, hospitals and physicians have the duty to notify the patient or the patient's representative, "in person about adverse incidents that result in serious harm to the patient." A reportable health care event in Florida is known as an "untoward" or "adverse incident," and the administrative rules for hospitals/physicians also define reportable outcomes from injuries.
However, after placing trust in caregivers, many patients are surprised to encounter stonewalling, denial and blame. In ProPublica's survey, only 1 in 10 people said the hospital or another facility voluntarily acknowledged the harm. Nearly the same proportion said the harm was acknowledged under pressure. Almost all the rest said they were ignored or the harm was denied. Getting an apology for a mistake or injury was even rarer: Just 1 in 8 reported receiving one.
Numerous governmental agencies, healthcare improvement groups, and scholars have identified that health care is in the midst of a patient safety emergency. The number of medical errors ranks as the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer. Preventable harm in hospitals contributes to the deaths of between 210K and 440K patients each year.
After we evaluate your situation, if you have a case and decide to proceed, we will begin a comprehensive investigation to collect evidence to support your claim, including:
Medical Treatment Records
We'll obtain copies of all medical documentation relevant to your claim, including:
- Doctor's notes
- Laboratory test results (X-rays, blood tests, CT scans)
- Hospital admission and discharge forms
Our firm can also obtain records from the hospital or facility where you received substandard medical treatment. We will look for past instances of malpractice at the facility to help establish a pattern of negligence.
We will review the history of the doctor or medical professional who provided negligent care to search for other instances of similar malpractice.
Bills and Receipts
Our medical negligence attorney will work with you to gather all receipts and bills for expenses you have incurred as a result of your medical issues, including co-pays, hospital bills, and lost wages. This will allow us to determine how much compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Personal Accounts of Your Injuries
If you have not already done so, our attorney may advise you to keep a daily journal about the struggles you are experiencing because of your medical issues, such as pain and suffering you are dealing with, struggles with daily activities, and any loss of enjoyment of different aspects of your life. This will help us determine all of the forms of compensation you may be entitled.
Interviews with Witnesses
We will seek out any eyewitnesses to the incident or series of incidents that led to your injuries. This could be key evidence as we attempt to settle your claim or litigate your case in the courtroom.
Many patients claim medical providers are not apologizing or accepting responsibility. They assert no one is being held accountable for the harm and that they are dismissed or ignored by providers who seem more interested in avoiding legal liability than in acknowledging what went wrong. You can trust that our experienced medical malpractice attorney knows which experts to consult and what questions to ask to build a solid case. Sean Cleary has in-depth knowledge of Miami medical malpractice laws and how to apply them to individual cases.