The Central Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Dean Burnetti Law provide professional Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, and Dental Malpractice Attorney Legal Services in Polk County, including: Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven; in Hillsborough County, including: Brandon, Tampa, Riverview, Valrico, and Plant City; in Pinellas County, including: Clearwater, St. Pete, Gulfport, Treasure Island, Largo, Oldsmar, Treasure Island; as well as in all of the surrounding Greater Central Florida Areas.
Medical negligence is far more common than medical malpractice. Additionally, unlike malpractice, medical negligence has nothing to do with intent. Medical negligence occurs when a medical provider's errors, omissions, or mistakes in medical judgment harm a patient.
Medical negligence includes negligent prenatal care, negligent care during childbirth, delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, prescribing an incorrect dosage of medication, prescribing the incorrect medication, errors involving anesthesia administration, and surgical mistakes such as puncturing or nicking another organ during surgery, leaving a surgical tool inside the patient, or failing to follow post-op protocol to avoid infection.
Such an example is a healthy pre-teen girl who falls off a balance beam during gymnastics and hurts her knee. She goes to the emergency room, where the doctor quickly diagnoses her as having a minor sprain. The girl then ignores her continued pain, until Osteosarcoma (the true source of her pain) has consumed her entire leg.
In misdiagnosed cases such as this, your attorney must produce evidence that the cancer was readily noticeable when the girl visited the E.R. Furthermore, the lawyer must have a medical expert who testifies that another doctor in a similar practice would have been able to correctly diagnose the problem on the date the patient presented with symptoms. Finally, the patient's condition must have worsened after the misdiagnosis for the claim to be financially viable to pursue.
Florida law allows two years from the date of a medical negligence occurrence to file a claim. (There are rare exceptions that occasionally make it possible to extend this time). This means you have two years from the date the negligence occurred to file your negligence lawsuit. Otherwise, your right to make a claim expires. This is why it's so important to contact an attorney as soon as you suspect that your doctor committed negligence.
If you were injured or if a loved one was killed by Medical Negligence, you have the right to a qualified attorney who is skilled in Florida's complex malpractice law and is knowledgeable about your type of injuries. Call (863) 287-6388 in Polk County or (813) 287-6388 in Hillsborough County or Pinellas County today to schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced Medical Negligence lawyer at Dean Burnetti Law.
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