Kissimmee Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical errors are a terrifying source of injuries
Doctors are trusted professionals who are given an enormous responsibility. You place your well-being in the hands of a doctor with every diagnosis and procedure. However, mistakes are inevitable, and when doctors deviate from the standard that medical professionals are expected to follow, they may be liable for a patient’s condition.
Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. represents those who have been injured through the negligence of others. If you have been affected by an error made by your doctor or another medical professional, our Kissimmee medical malpractice attorneys work to get you the compensation you need.
Medical malpractice is different from regular negligence
Negligence is an accident caused by the failure of one person who owes a duty to others to follow a reasonable standard of care. Medical malpractice is defined by a higher standard. Under Florida law, it is considered to be a breach of the prevailing professional standard of care, which is the level of care, skill and treatment recognized as appropriate by other healthcare providers. This is often shown by testimony of other medical professionals.
Medical negligence includes many different injuries
Estimates suggest that anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 people die from preventable medical errors every year in America. Most medical mistakes are not that serious, and seem much more routine. Typical examples of medical malpractice include:
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Failing to screen a patient for harmful drug interactions
- Refusing a patient full access to personal files or other relevant information
- Failing to properly screen a client for an obvious condition
- Ordering a procedure on the incorrect body part
Incorrect procedures and medication errors are only two common ways that errors by doctors put you or your family member at risk. Hospital and nursing home staff may also be liable if your loved one suffers a slip and fall. If you have been adversely affected by your doctor’s actions, one of our Kissimmee medical malpractice attorneys can explain your rights regarding medical malpractice or wrongful death.
Florida’s statute of limitations is critical
A statute of limitations is a time limit by which you must bring a lawsuit or risk losing your right to recovery for your injury or other losses. It is an important deadline that, if not observed, may cause you to forfeit your right to sue. In Florida, medical malpractice claims must be brought within two years of the date of the incident or the date at which a party becomes aware of the injury. It is less than the statute of limitations for common negligence, which is usually four years in Florida.
Speak to one of our Kissimmee medical malpractice attorneys
Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. provides personal injury legal services to Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Orlando and throughout Central Florida. If you have been injured by the actions of a doctor or healthcare provider, you should speak to a Kissimmee medical malpractice attorney about preserving your legal rights in a medical malpractice case. For a free initial consultation, contact us at 407.483.0500 or online and schedule an appointment today.