Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawyer
We often like to imagine doctors, surgeons, and nurses infallible. They hold the key to our health and, at times, our lives. Their knowledge of the human body is beyond most people’s comprehension, which means that we put our complete trust into their decisions. But, just like us, our health care professionals are human too, and therefore fallible. In fact, the mistakes that are made everyday in hospitals around the country cause the premature deaths of hundreds of thousands of patients. Moreover, thousands of patients suffer from chronic pain or prolonged illness due to the mistakes made by doctors and other health care staff. These injuries can accrue massive medical bills, cause immense pain and suffering, and can even cause patients to lose their jobs if the injury creates a disability. If you have reason to believe that your doctor made a tremendous mistake in diagnosis or treatment, you may be owed considerable compensation. However, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Florida is just two years, which means there is usually no time to wait. Contact an experienced Orlando medical malpractice lawyer with The Pendas Law Firm today so that we can begin our investigation as soon as possible.
Study Reveals Top Motivators For Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
A study done in 1992 (Hickson et al.) sought to find out what the leading motivators for filing medical malpractice lawsuits were in cases of death or perinatal injury. Over 120 Florida families that had suffered deaths to mothers or infants or permanent perinatal injuries were surveyed by phone. Most families gave more than one motivating reason for suing, which is why the percentages do not add up to 100. The leading reasons were:
- 33 percent were advised to sue by someone outside of the immediate family, over half of those people being medical professionals;
- 24 percent required financial assistance for long term care;
- 24 percent believed the physician was not honest or misled them;
- 20 percent believed their child would not have a future;
- 20 percent filed lawsuits to glean information about what had happened; and
- 19 percent sued to either seek revenge or to diminish future mistakes.
We Must Prove That The Standard Of Care Was Broken
Not all mistakes are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. No doctor can cure every disease or injury, and the outcome of every serious medical procedure has its inherent risks. However, all physicians are required to abide by a similar standard of care. That means that an Orlando patient being treated for liver disease should receive similar treatment that a doctor treating a Tampa patient with liver disease would use. If it can be proven that the same standard of care was not taken, and that was the cause of the medically induced injury or illness, that may be the necessary grounds for a successful lawsuit. If you have suffered in injury or illness at the hands of your healthcare provider, call The Pendas Law Firm at 1-888-573-6327 today to discuss your case with one of our experienced Orlando medical malpractice lawyers. Let us assist you today with your medical malpractice case.