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Sooner or later, everyone must visit a medical professional for treatment. We expect nothing short of professionalism and competence from these practitioners. Unfortunately, some doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and other healthcare professionals make mistakes that can have grave consequences.
If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury or you lost a loved one due to medical negligence, you may need to take legal action, including possibly filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Making such important legal decisions on your own can be overwhelming. That's why we want to help.
At the Law Offices of Richard B. Troutman, we want to learn more about your case and explain all the legal options available to you. It's also important to remember that under Florida law, you only have a limited amount of time to pursue legal action after your injury. Specifically, under Florida's Statute of Limitations laws for medical malpractice, you must initiate a claim within two years from the date the incident was or should have been discovered and no more than four years from when the mistake happened.
How are Florida's medical malpractice laws different?
Florida laws have been written to protect doctors and hospitals, which means getting justice after a medical malpractice injury can be difficult. Doctors in Florida, for example, can practice medicine without medical malpractice insurance. Without question, the Florida medical malpractice statute is one of the most complex and doctor-friendly in the country.
However, in a recent Florida Supreme Court decision, the court concluded that the cap on wrongful death non-economic damages violates the state constitution's equal protection clause. The decision is friendly toward families who have lost loved ones, allowing them to pursue fair compensation for pain and suffering.
With so much at stake, it's critical to contact an attorney in Central Florida to learn about your rights. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you pursue compensation if you or a loved one was a victim of negligence involving a medical treatment provider.
"What type of medical malpractice case are you dealing with?"
- Birth injuries
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room mistakes
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Negligence by the hospital
Whatever type of medical malpractice case you may be dealing with, you need to contact the Law Offices of Richard Troutman. We can meet with you in our offices in Orlando or Winter Park, in your home or your hospital room. Whatever works best for you. Simply call 866-434-5770 or complete the online contact form. We're committed to helping injured people or families who lost a loved one due to medical professional's reckless or negligent behavior.
When infants sustain injuries during childbirth, the consequences are often severe. Childbirth injuries in Central Florida can lead to lifelong health problems and lead to physical, emotional and financial difficulties for families. When so much is at stake, it's imperative for the people delivering your baby and caring for you and your child to know exactly what they're doing. Even the smallest mistake - whether it happened during the first trimester or in the delivery room - can have serious health consequences. Common birth injuries include:
- Fetal asphyxia
- Shoulder dystocia
- Cerebral palsy
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and bruises
- Erb's Palsy
- Klumpke's palsy
- Brachial plexus damage
- Brain damage
In order to file a successful medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove that a medical professional acted in a negligent manner. Many birth injury lawsuits involve the following claims against doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals:
- Failure to anticipate birth complications
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Failure to order cesarean section when necessary
- Failure to respond to umbilical cord entrapment
- Failure to respond appropriately to bleeding
- Misuse of forceps
- Medication errors involving Pitocin
Many medical malpractice lawsuits can be traced back to a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. We trust our doctors to diagnose and treat health problems in a timely and efficient manner. We trust them to make correct diagnoses. When this doesn't happen, everything gets moving in the wrong direction.
Patients who face a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis might even be subject to unnecessary medical procedures and be exposed to medication that not only fails to treat the original condition, but could present harmful side effects. Unfortunately, diagnostic errors jeopardize lives every day - and they are common in Florida and throughout the United States.
Doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals have a moral and legal responsibility to uphold a high standard of care. Proving that a doctor acted negligently in such cases requires showing the following elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed;
- The doctor failed to provide treatment in a reasonably skillful and competent manner;
- The negligence of the doctor caused the patient to suffer injury.
When patients are dealing with life-threatening conditions ranging from heart failure and lung cancer to pneumonia, a diagnostic error can have catastrophic effects. But the doctors and hospitals who commit errors might deny being negligent. Their insurance companies and teams of lawyers will work aggressively to deny a claim or to keep compensation to a minimum. When you've been hurt or a loved one was injured or died as a result of a doctor's error, you will need to take aggressive action. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you pursue compensation.