Gainesville Medical Malpractice Attorney
Gainesville Medical Malpractice Attorneys Whittel & Melton
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Gainesville and Alachua County Hospital Error, Physician Mistake, Doctor Negligence
You trust your health and the health of your loved ones to doctor’s and other healthcare providers, and while you should expect to receive top-notch medical care, the unfortunate truth is that this does not always happen. Doctors and other medical professionals are human and therefore prone to make mistakes and sometimes their mistakes fall below the standard of care that they are supposed to uphold, and these errors could jeopardize your life or the life of a loved one.
If you believe you or someone you love suffered from injuries caused by a doctor or other healthcare provider’s negligence, then you may have ground for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can happily review your case without any obligation and let you know what steps to take next. Call us today at 352-264-7800 or contact us online for a free consultation so that we can help you understand more about your potential medical malpractice claim.What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the result of a hospital, doctor, nurse, or other medical professional who acts carelessly or makes a serious error that results in a patient suffering some type of injury. Their errors or oversight could be related to a patient's diagnosis, treatment plan, or even their aftercare or general health management. Doctors, nurses, hospitals and other medical professionals can all commit acts of medical negligence that can result in serious injury or death to a patient.Is Medical Malpractice Common?
Sadly, medical malpractice is more common than you may think, affecting thousands of families in the United States every year. According to CNBC, more than 25,000 people die in the U.S. every year from medical errors, which is the third leading cause of death in the country. One of the toughest things to accept about medical errors is that a health professional compromised our health or the health of a loved one. Just one mistake on the part of a healthcare provider can shatter your entire life.
Thankfully our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are ready and able to help you seek justice for your losses. We want to hold any and all responsible parties accountable for their medical negligence so that you can move forward with your life. Call us today at 352-264-7800 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do to help with your situation.What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?
- Anesthesia errors
- Failing to diagnose a condition
- Making an incorrect or delayed diagnosis
- Failing to interpret test results
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors or wrong site surgery
- Failure to order proper testing
- Failure to recognize symptoms
There are requirements for establishing a medical malpractice case and in the legal world these are commonly referred to as the Four D’s:
- Direct causation
The Four D’s of medical malpractice decipher whether or not medical negligence has occurred by a doctor, hospital or medical professional involved in your healthcare. Our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can evaluate the facts surrounding your case and apply the principles of the Four D’s to determine whether or not you have a valid medical malpractice claim.How Difficult is it to Prove Medical Malpractice?
In order to prove medical malpractice, we must be able to show that the medical professional(s) involved in your case acted negligently under the law. There are specific elements that must be demonstrated to prove medical negligence:
- Duty of Care: doctors and all medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, meaning that they must treat them in accordance to the appropriate standards of care.
- Breach of Duty: this means the healthcare provider failed to meet the accepted standards of care and failed to accomplish the duty they owed to the patient.
- Causation: this is where our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyers will have to prove that the healthcare provider’s breach of duty resulted in the harm of the patient, in the form of an injury, misdiagnosis or even death.
- Damages: this refers to the harm done to the patient caused by the healthcare provider’s mistake, such as pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, or medical bills just to name a few.
To effectively prove all the above elements, you need the help of a qualified medical malpractice lawyer who is equipped to handle medical malpractice lawsuits. These are not easy cases and can be rather complex when it comes to proving every element. You need an attorney who has knowledge about the medical field in regard to medical conditions and injuries and who has the ability to consult with medical experts to help demonstrate exactly how medical negligence occurred. Our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can build a powerful case on your behalf with the hopes of recovering maximum financial compensation for your losses. Call us today at 352-264-7800 or contact us online to request a free consultation so that you can learn more about how we may be able to help you recover monetary damages as the result of medical malpractice.What Damages Can I Collect in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Whittel & Melton will do everything we can to build a successful case for you and recover the full and fair damages owed to you to compensate you and your family for their losses. Depending on the details of your case you may be able to recover the following damages:;Tangible Losses:
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Medical expenses, including past, present, and future medical bills that may arise from your injuries
- Household and general accommodations, like maintaining your home and any special accommodations needed for your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental distress
We want you to know that our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you fight for the proper justice you need and deserve. Our goal is to help you recover from this devastating situation. We know that we cannot undo the harm that was done, but we can hold the healthcare provider’s or facilities responsible for your suffering accountable for their negligence with the hopes of preventing any future errors of the same kind from happening to anyone else. Let us help walk you through the medical malpractice claims process - call us today at 352-264-7800 to learn more.Why Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
If you suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible so that you can get answers to all of your questions and learn what steps to take next. Our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Whittel & Melton will always be honest about your chances of a successful claim and what damages you could be entitled to. Every case is different, so we cannot guarantee a certain outcome, or an exact dollar amount you will recover. We can promise to customize a claim based on your specific situation with the hopes of fulfilling all of your needs.How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Whittel & Melton?
We do not charge any upfront costs or fees to take on your medical malpractice case. Your initial consultation is also free, so whether or not you choose to work with us, you have nothing to lose. We will cover the costs of your lawsuit and will never charge you any legal fees unless we are able to recover financial compensation for you. We work on a contingency fee basis for medical malpractice claims, so you do not have to worry about the stresses of paying any fees. If we are able to recover financial compensation on your behalf through a settlement or a trial award, then we will get a percentage of that amount that is in strict accordance with the Florida Bar Association. We will explain how our fees are calculated before you hire us, so that you fully understand how contingency fees work.
Contact Us Today - 352-264-7800
If you or someone you love suffered from a medical mistake, let our Gainesville Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Whittel & Melton help you file a claim for compensation. We are available 24/7 to speak with you, so do not hesitate to call us now at 352-264-7800 or contact us online.