There are fewer more helpless feelings than when you have placed your health – or that of a loved one – in the care of a healthcare provider, who then provides irresponsible care. If an injury has been caused by a hospital, doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider (dentist, chiropractor, etc.), the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Smith, Kling & Thompson may be able to help.
Under Florida law, a healthcare provider is held to a certain standard of care in providing its services. Generally, that standard is a level of care and skill that would be expected by other reasonably prudent professionals providing that same level of care given the same circumstances. Failure to meet the standard of care can occur in a variety of ways, but here are just a few of the (sadly) most common:
- Untimely diagnosis
- Failure to refer to specialist
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors, including the performance of unnecessary surgeries
- Post-operative care errors
- Prescription errors
- Medical device failures
If a healthcare provider has failed to meet this standard of care, and that has resulted in injury to the patient, a malpractice lawsuit may be a way of compensating the patient for a number of potential categories of damages, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (for patient’s spouse)
- Punitive damages (if the healthcare provider’s conduct was willful or malicious)
Finally, one of the most important things to understand about medical malpractice claims is there is a statute of limitations which limits the amount of time a patient has to file such a claim. If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, and you wish to seek help, whether from our Firm or another, it is critical that you do so quickly.
The experienced lawyers at Smith, Kling & Thompson can help you analyze your claim and determine your next course of action.