Unfortunately, severe cases of medical malpractice occur in the state of Florida at astounding rates. The result - patients who sought medical treatment for an injury or illness actually got worse due to the reckless or negligent actions of medical professionals.
No one deserves to have their health compromised due to medical negligence. If you or your loved one has suffered from an unnecessary personal injury at the hands of a healthcare professional, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to negotiate and advocate on your behalf. At the Law Offices of Brent C. Miller, P.A., we are proud to serve Central Florida and its surrounding areas on the most severe medical malpractice injuries and wrongful deaths.
What is medical malpractice?
You may be wondering what actually constitutes medical malpractice. In most cases, medical malpractice involves negligence by healthcare professionals that results in serious harm, injury and/or death. Negligence does not imply intent, meaning that the doctor, nurse or staff member may not intend to harm a patient, but through certain actions or inactions, a patient suffers needlessly.
While not an exhaustive list, the following are concrete illustrations of the most common forms of medical malpractice:
Administering anesthesia is a critical part of most surgeries, whether the operation is performed in a hospital, at an outpatient center or right in a doctor's office. There are specific procedures that must be followed to ensure that patients are safe during surgery. Failure to properly administer anesthesia and monitor patients can result in serious consequences, including death.
Our law firm has decades of personal experience and represent medical malpractice victims throughout Central Florida. Our medical malpractice lawyers can assess your potential anesthesia error claim and take it all the way to a jury trial, if necessary, to obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Have you or a loved one been harmed due to an anesthesia error? Call for a free case evaluation with our anesthesia error lawyers.
Holding medical professionals accountable for anesthesia errors
Mistakes can happen in any profession, but anesthesiologists have a duty to practice due diligence in preparing patients for anesthesia and in monitoring their progress throughout the process. Likewise, trained professionals such as doctors and nurses should be monitoring a patient's vital signs and looking for evidence of distress during the operation.
Our attorneys step in when preventable anesthesia errors result in patient distress, serious injury or even a wrongful death. We pursue claims on behalf of clients who have suffered anesthesia-related complications or injuries such as:
- Wrongful death
- Heart attack
- Waking during surgery
- Spinal infections
- Nerve damage
- Spinal hematoma
- Allergic reaction
The first step in pursuing a claim is having a medical expert review the records and sign an affidavit indicating a reasonable basis for malpractice. It is also beneficial to have medical experts testify on behalf of our clients at trial. We have the resources to bear these costs on the front end and are only repaid if we secure compensation in a negotiated settlement or jury award.
Contact our Central Florida personal injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation to discuss your possible anesthesia error claim.
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"How could this happen?"
Many parents ask this question after they find out their child has suffered harm during birth. It seems inconceivable that a child could be at risk while in the hands of trained medical professionals. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen, and birth injuries are the result, along with a lifetime of complications for victims.
If you suspect that negligence resulted in your child's birth injury, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim. Hospitals will defend against malpractice claims vigorously, so it is important to have an experienced attorney who can evaluate your possible claim and ensure you understand all of your options.
Our law firm has decades of personal injury experience and have the resources to achieve positive results in trying situations. You can rely on our personal injury lawyers to evaluate your potential birth injury claim and take it all the way to a jury trial if necessary to secure full and fair compensation for medical expenses, future operations and treatment, home modifications, lost future earnings and other damages.
We step in to hold medical professionals accountable when their negligence results in birth injuries such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb's palsy
- Birth hypoxia
Florida law requires birth injury cases to be reviewed by a medical expert who can provide a signed affidavit indicating a reasonable basis for malpractice. It is also crucial in most birth injury cases to have the testimony of several medical experts.
Our firm has the resources to carry these costs upfront, and we are repaid only if we secure compensation for your birth injury claim in a settlement or jury verdict.
Do you have a birth injury claim?
Contact us today at any of our convenient Central Florida locations for a free case evaluation to discuss your possible birth injury claim.
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There is no greater position of vulnerability than lying on a hospital bed with your life at the mercy of a medical professional's expertise. As a patient, you trust that your doctor will prescribe the right level of medication dosage, the most suitable drug (considering your unique age, background and allergies), and generally treat you with a high standard of care. A medical mistake, whether unintentional or deliberate, may very well cost you your life. If you have been wronged by a medical professional, or if you have a medication error lawsuit, it is advisable to contact a Central Florida medical malpractice attorney at our law firm today.
What constitutes medication error?
Medication error refers to any preventable event that results in the inappropriate usage of medication and/or the direct harm to a patient. Medication error can occur in a doctor's office, hospital, clinic or pharmacy. It indicates that a healthcare professional acted (or failed to act) in such a way that resulted in the incorrect application of a drug. An incorrect dosage assigned to a patient, for example, is a common type of medication error. There are many reasons why a medication error might occur. Many of these causes are unintentional errors and genuine mistakes, but they are all categorized as medical malpractice. If you become a victim of medication error, medical negligence lawyers at our law firm can assist you.
Because healthcare professionals are trained to exercise a high standard of care for the safety and well-being of their patients, the following common causes of medication error are clear examples of medical malpractice.
- General poor communication between and among healthcare professionals and medical facilities
- Oral transmission of prescriptions (i.e., this may result in a sound-alike medication that is not suitable for a patient's needs)
- Poor penmanship (i.e., handwritten prescriptions may result in providing a patient with a similar-looking and/or similarly spelled drug)
- Inadequate consideration of a patient's allergies and medical history
- Incorrect dosage assignments
- Poor testing of drug effectiveness and risk
- Incorrect product labeling
- Incorrect packaging and dispensing of medication
- Poor training and/or education of a healthcare professional
If any of these behaviors have resulted in direct or indirect harm to you, you may have a legitimate medical malpractice claim.
Medication errors are dangerous... even fatal
The truth about medication errors is that not only do they place a patient at a considerable risk of harm, but they can result in unnecessary deaths. In the past, medication errors have advanced the severity of a patient's existing disease or illness; created severe allergic reactions; worsened existing medical problems; or resulted in the development of new and aggressive illnesses and disabilities in patients (stroke, heart attack, bodily organ complication and/or failure, etc.).
Do you have a medication error lawsuit?
If you have been assigned an incorrect drug, incorrect prescription of a drug, or any other medication error and have experienced harm as a result, you may have a medication error lawsuit. If you fall within this category, the most crucial task that you must do is contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Lawsuits against healthcare professionals are not simple procedures, but if your claim is legitimate, you are likely to achieve a favorable outcome. Follow these steps to ensure that your medication error lawsuit goes as smoothly as possible:
- Keep a record of the dates and times that you visited medical professionals and medical facilities.
- Obtain the names of your healthcare professionals and any pharmacies (i.e., Walgreens, CVS, Walmart etc.).
- Make copies of the original diagnosis provided to you by your medical professional.
- Take pictures and document your prescribed drug, its side effects and/or any complications experienced. It is recommended that you maintain a journal.
- Keep a record of any illnesses and/or diagnoses provided as a result of the incorrect drug.
- Keep a record of lost wages and time away from work.
- After locating and gathering the aforementioned documents and records to support your medication error, you are likely to have a successful experience.
Medical malpractice lawyers in Central Florida
Our medical malpractice attorneys in Central Florida understand that medication error is no joke. Not only does it indicate the negligence of a medical professional, but it may result in the preventable death of a patient. If you or a loved one experiences the harmful effects of medication error, contact our medical malpractice firm today.
We offer free initial consultations.
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Just as the correct diagnosis can allow doctors to embark on a successful course of treatment for curing a disease or improving the well-being of a patient, an incorrect diagnosis can worsen a patient's condition. Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis of an illness like cancer, heart attack or stroke can be the difference between life and death.
Attorneys experienced in misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis
If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of misdiagnosis, the experienced attorneys at our law firm can help you determine if you have a viable claim for compensation. We have fought and won on behalf of misdiagnosis victims in Central Florida, and we know what it takes to achieve success in this complex area of medical malpractice.
From your free case evaluation through a jury trial, we will be your strongest advocates every step of the way. Call our offices to speak to a lawyer who can help you.
Our misdiagnosis lawyers strive to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for misdiagnosis. We pursue a wide variety of misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose claims, including those involving:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Aortic dissection
Our firm has the resources to hire a medical expert to review your case and make a recommendation on whether there is a reasonable basis for malpractice. We will also hire expert witnesses to bolster the cases of misdiagnosis victims. If we decide to pursue a malpractice claim on your behalf, you will owe no fees or costs unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
Do you have a misdiagnosis claim?
Contact our personal injury attorneys at any of our Central Florida offices to discuss your possible misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis during a free case evaluation.
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The number of medications on the market increases every year, as does the number of people harmed by pharmacy errors. If you or a loved one suffered injury because a pharmacist or staff member negligently filled your prescription, you may have a claim for monetary damages.
Contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation. We have secured settlements and verdicts for victims of prescription drug mistakes in Lake County, in Citrus County and throughout Central Florida.
The growing problem of pharmacy errors
The Institute of Medicine and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy estimate that thousands of Americans die each year because of negligent prescribing or dispensing of medication. Many prescriptions are filled incorrectly, leading to serious side effects and permanent harm to thousands of others.
About half of the medical negligence cases handled by our law firm involve pharmacy errors. We have successfully sued the large pharmacy chains (CVS, Walgreens, Walmart) and other commercial pharmacies for serious injury and wrongful death. One client was hospitalized for dangerous cardiac arrhythmia after receiving heart medicine instead of her prescribed acne medication. Another client was depressed, suicidal and dysfunctional after a drug was dispensed at four times the recommended dose.
Chain drug stores are busy places, with a revolving-door staff of often improperly trained clerks and cashiers serving long lines of impatient customers. Pharmacists and technicians fill orders at a brisk pace, resulting in a range of harmful pharmacy errors, including:
- Misfills (sound-alike and look-alike meds, illegible prescriptions)
- Mix-ups (someone else's prescription)
- Wrong dosage
- Cross-reactions with other medications
- Allergic reactions
Most pharmacy errors are preventable by available systems to catch contraindications, verify the prescription and double check orders.
Trial lawyer Brent C. Miller has practiced in medical negligence and personal injury for over 30 years in Florida. Arrange a free consultation at one of our four office locations in Central Florida. Contact us today. No recovery means no attorney fees.
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Mistakes happen in any profession. But avoidable mistakes in the operating room can result in devastating injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to a surgical error, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you identify your best course of action.
Our law firm has decades of personal experience and represent malpractice victims throughout Central Florida. We can assess your potential claim and take it all the way to a jury trial, if necessary, to obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Holding negligent medical professionals accountable for surgical mistakes
We step in when surgical errors result in serious injury or illness, or even a wrongful death. We have obtained substantial settlements and verdicts in medical malpractice claims and understand how to navigate this complex area of personal injury law.
We have the resources and skills necessary to take surgical error claims to the limit, including those stemming from:
- Damaging nerves during surgery
- Wrong site surgery
- Damaging veins or arteries during surgery
- Leaving items inside the patient after the operation
- Removing the wrong limb (accidental amputation)
The first step in pursuing a claim is having a medical expert review the records and sign an affidavit indicating a reasonable basis for malpractice. We also use medical experts to provide testimony at trial. We bear these considerable costs upfront when we choose to pursue a surgical error claim, and are repaid only if we secure compensation in a settlement or jury verdict.
Do you have a surgical error claim? Contact us today for a free case evaluation to discuss your possible surgical error claim with a lawyer.
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Under Florida law, a medical expert must review the medical records and sign an affidavit that indicates a reasonable basis for malpractice. The potential defendants are served with a Notice of Intent to Sue. They then have about 90 days to acknowledge the negligence and/or deny the claim before the victim can proceed with a lawsuit.
Few claims are settled without a formal lawsuit. In fact, a high number of those cases travel all the way to a jury. Experienced medical malpractice lawyer Brent Miller has litigated numerous medical malpractice cases, which typically require testimony by several medical experts at hefty fees. The Law Offices of Brent C. Miller, P.A. bears these considerable upfront costs, and we are repaid only if we secure compensation for you in a pre-trial settlement or jury award.
Medical malpractice attorneys in Central Florida
If you suspect medical malpractice, the medical facility and your insurance company may force you to "jump through hoops" (or otherwise encounter numerous difficulties) in order to file a claim. In most cases, the doctor or hospital will put up a vigorous defense.
Trial lawyer Brent C. Miller has fought and won these sorts of uphill battles and can do the same for your unique medical malpractice case. We know how to find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case. And we're prepared to take on the medical establishment and take them to court if necessary.
Call one of our Central Florida medical malpractice attorneys for a free case evaluation. We will assess your potential medical malpractice claim and take it all the way to a jury trial if necessary to secure full and fair compensation.
Holding professionals accountable for medical negligence
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers intervene when medical errors result in serious injury or illness and/or wrongful deaths. With more than 30 years of practice, experienced medical malpractice attorney Brent Miller has secured substantial settlements and verdicts, including many cases resulting from emergency room negligence and failing to diagnose cancer. We once even achieved a $1 million recovery in a case against a urologist.
Our personal injury law firm handles a broad spectrum of malpractice cases. Our medical negligence attorneys are able to assist with numerous forms of medical negligence, or preventable (even avoidable) medical errors by medical professionals.
Do you have grounds to sue for medical malpractice?
Talk to a medical malpractice attorney today at our law firm to discuss your potential claim. We take cases in Central Florida counties, including Citrus County and Lake County, with our offices conveniently located in Clermont, Inverness, Tavares and The Villages.
As a patient, you should never become a victim of medical malpractice. You deserve proper treatment and care. Experienced Florida medical malpractice attorneys at our law firm are prepared to serve you during this unfortunate event. Review our frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice below and contact our attorneys for a consultation.
Contact us immediately for unmatched legal representation from the most trustworthy medical malpractice attorneys in Central Florida.