Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals are required — both legally and ethically — to provide safe, competent treatment to their patients. According to a 2000 report by the Institute of Medicine, medical malpractice accounts for nearly 100,000 deaths annually. This figure, however, does not include deaths in doctors' offices, private clinics, and similar medical facilities that result from preventable medical negligence.
At the Florida personal injury law firm of Heintz & Becker, each skilled injury lawyer will provide aggressive legal representation to those who have been seriously harmed by preventable errors. If you have suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died as a result of medical negligence, we can help. We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our past clients.
Our attorneys will fight to protect your rights and will help you hold those responsible for your medical malpractice injuries accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation at either our Sarasota or Bradenton law office, contact our Sarasota area law office today. Our lawyers will take the time to explain your legal options and will fight to protect your rights.
Handling a Variety of Medical Negligence Claims
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor does something to a patient that a reasonably careful physician would not do or, conversely, when a doctor fails to do something in treating a patient that he or she should have done.
Patients have a legal right to assume that the level of care provided to them by medical professionals meets a certain standard. When this standard has not been met, victims are entitled to compensation for any resulting harm. If a medical professional fails to adhere to these standards, he or she can be found medically negligent. At Heintz & Becker in Bradenton, we can handle claims involving:
- Failure to diagnose or disclose a diagnosis
- Improper diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Prescription/medication errors
- Emergency room mistakes
- Surgical errors
- Surgical instruments left inside a patient after surgery
- Lack of informed consent and/or abandonment
Holding Medical Staff Accountable for Failing to Provide Informed Consent
A patient must be informed of not only the types of treatment that he or she will receive, but also of the potential dangers associated with the medical care. When this requirement is not met, the patient may unwittingly consent to risky procedures and controversial medications. When medical professionals fail to meet the informed consent obligation, they can be sued for medical malpractice.
I Gave Informed Consent; Can I Still Make a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Yes. No waiver or consent form you signed can fully release a physician or medical professional from responsibility for adhering to safe practices, and if we can demonstrate that negligence or deviation from standard medical procedure on the health care provider's part resulted in injury to you, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Contact a Bradenton and Sarasota Area Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been victimized by what you suspect to be medical negligence, contact Heintz & Becker today to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. With offices conveniently located in both Sarasota and Bradenton, we're here when you need us.