West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyers
West Palm Beach, FL Hospital Error Lawyer
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When we need medical care for any condition we are mostly confident that the medical professional we seek help from will not place us in any further danger or make a serious mistake that may jeopardize our entire future. Sadly, there are times when medical professionals make errors or lapses in judgement that result in injuries, illness or death to patients, and when this happens it may mean that the patient was a victim of medical malpractice and can seek financial compensation for the damages they suffered.
At Whittel & Melton, our West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyers offer professional, dedicated, and high quality legal representation for all types of medical malpractice cases. Our legal team is comprised of Florida`s top trial attorneys that have helped numerous families recover for medical malpractice. Our firm has the experience and previous successes to build the best strategies for our clients so that they have the best chances for a favorable outcome.
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a medical mistake made by a medical practitioner, including negligent or careless actions or even their failure to make an accurate diagnosis or diagnose in a timely manner, then you may have been a victim of medical malpractice. We can provide you with the quality legal representation you need in order to recover regardless of the illness, disability, disease or injury you suffered due to an avoidable mistake. We are here to help you.
Our West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Whittel & Melton stand ready to protect your rights and your best interests. We will help you throughout the duration of your case and you will never feel by yourself in fighting for your rights and a positive outcome. We will work to get you the best results. We welcome you to contact us today online or call us now at 561-367-8777 for a free case evaluation.What is Medical Malpractice?
When any medical professional makes a mistake or omission that causes injuries, harm, illness or death to a patient that they are treating, then they can be sued for medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when the medical professional that treated you as a patient fails to meet the standard of care that is generally accepted in the medical community according to the practitioner’s level of expertise and specialization.
Falling below the accepted standards of care might be considered a breach of duty and the medical professional in question that failed to meet this criteria could very well be held liable for all the injuries, harm, illness or death caused to their patient.What is NOT Considered Medical Malpractice?
Being unhappy with the results of your medical care or treatment does not constitute medical malpractice. We fully understand that there are times where you may feel the medical professional that handled you or your loved one’s care could have done more, but in order to be classified as malpractice, the following four elements must be met:
- Duty: A duty exists from the moment a doctor-patient relationship is established. Once this relationship exists, then the medical provider owes the patient a duty of care.
- Deviation: A deviation or breach of duty happens when a health care provider fails to live up to the accepted standards of care, which means that they failed to comply with the appropriate laws and normal procedures/protocol set forth by the medical community as acceptable care.
- Direct Cause: A direct cause must exist between the medical professional’s actions, or lack thereof, and the injuries, illness or harm the patient suffered.
- Damages: The patient must have suffered damages as a result of the malpractice, meaning they suffered financial losses, pain, and even death.
When it comes to medical malpractice cases, it is necessary to hire an attorney that has the abilities to demonstrate the above elements in order to be successful. Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can assess your case for free and determine if you have a valid claim for compensation. If you do, then we have the ability to demonstrate that your medical provider did not meet their standard of care in your specific case and is liable for all the damages caused.Cases Our West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorneys Have Handled
- Surgery on the wrong side of the body
- Wrong leg amputation
- Wrong organ removed
- Instruments left inside patients bodies
- Patient awake during surgery
- Prescription errors
- Birth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency room mistakes
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Brain injuries
- Early discharge
- Misreading lab results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Poor follow-up care
- Failure to order the correct testing
- Misuse of medical tools
- Nursing home errors
- Wrongful death
Despite what type of medical trauma you experienced and suffered from, you deserve justice. That is why we are available 24/7 to help you with your medical malpractice claim. We want to hold the at-fault medical provider responsible for their negligence and make sure you are compensated for all of your losses.What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
Victims of medical malpractice in West Palm Beach and the entire state of Florida usually suffer significant damages and financial losses when they are victims of malpractice. We know that financial compensation will not solve all of your emotional and physical pain and suffering, but we do know that it can help you cover past and ongoing medical expenses and help to ease any other financial burdens. Our West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will help you pursue financial compensation for the following damages:
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Any necessary medical equipment
We will also pursue noneconomic damages, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Medical malpractice is much more common than you may think. It is not just a regular occurrence in the state of Florida, but throughout the entire United States. Medical malpractice affects nearly a million patients in the United States every year. Moreover, there are more than 250,000 deaths caused by medical malpractice every year, making it the third leading cause of death just behind cancer and heart disease.
If you think you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, then you are certainly not alone. our goal as malpractice attorneys is to let you know the risks that exist and to provide you with the legal help you need if you or a family member are ever the unfortunate victims of medical malpractice.
There are too many victims of malpractice that never realize that they have options and can hold their negligent medical provider responsible. That is why we encourage anyone who feels that they may have been the victim of malpractice to meet with us for free so that we can listen to the details of the case and provide our honest feedback. Not every case constitutes medical malpractice, but many do. We are specialized in helping victims recover for medical malpractice and we work with medical and financial experts to build the strongest possible cases. We welcome you to contact us to set up a free consultation where we can help you determine if you were a victim of medical malpractice. If we determine that you have a valid claim, then we can further explain how these type of cases work and how we get paid on a contingency fee basis. You will never pay us any fees out of your own pocket, and if we cannot recover monetary compensation for you, then you will not owe us anything.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers are here to help you get through this difficult time, so you can rest easy knowing that we have your best interests in mind and only want to help you, not deliver any further harm to you and your family. We fully believe that your health is the number one priority, so we want to handle the legal aspects of your case so that you can focus on recovering. We also know that finances play a large role in your health, so we will do everything in our power to get you the full and fair compensation you are entitled to.
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical malpractice, please do not feel alone in this matter. We are here to listen and help you make informed decisions when it comes to medical malpractice. Call us now at 561-367-8777 or contact us online to get started.