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What Does Medical Malpractice Look Like?

What Does Medical Malpractice Look Like?

When doctors and other medical professionals make mistakes, the results can be devastating. But when is a mistake legally actionable? Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence that occurs when medical professionals fail to conduct themselves in accordance with the relevant standards of care. Under Florida law, the standard of care in medical malpractice cases is that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers. Not every mistake made by a medical professional rises to the level of malpractice. To be actionable, it must be a mistake that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider in a similar position would not make. That said, certain kinds of medical errors are considered medical malpractice more often than not. Common ones are discussed below. To learn more or to discuss a medical error that harmed you or a family member, call us today to talk with a Ft. Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer. Surgical Errors Surgical errors are particularly egregious mistakes that typically constitute medical malpractice. These errors include leaving surgical instruments or sponges inside of a patient’s body, performing the wrong procedure, wrong-side surgery, or operating on the wrong patient. After many surgical errors, patients require significant corrective surgeries to fix the mistakes, or they may suffer irreversible losses, such as when doctors amputate the wrong limbs. Medication Errors Medication errors are an extremely dangerous form of medical malpractice that can have devastating results for patients. For example, if a patient is prescribed the wrong medication, it can result in a condition being left...
Beyond Drowning: Ways you can Be Injured in a Pool

Beyond Drowning: Ways you can Be Injured in a Pool

When most people think of pool injuries, they think of unattended children and adults with inadequate swimming skills drowning. Some might also think of careless individuals running on the slippery tiles around the pool and falling, suffering from broken bones and head injuries. [1] Although these kinds of pool injuries certainly do happen, they are not the only kinds of pool accidents that occur. There are a lot of ways an individual can be injured in a swimming pool, some of which are caused by the pool owner’s negligence [2] and others that are generally caused by the victim’s recklessness. If you or your child have been injured in a swimming pool accident, seek medical care immediately. Notify a lifeguard of the accident and if necessary, call for emergency medical care. In more minor cases, the lifeguard can administer basic first aid measures like applying a bandage. In others, more substantial medical attention is needed. Regardless of how minor an injury might seem, always seek medical attention from a doctor in a timely manner following the accident. This will not only ensure that the injury is handled properly, but will be the beginning of the treatment documentation that you will need to support your case in the event you decide to file a personal injury claim. For legal guidance with this process, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Lacerations from Rough or Sharp Pool Surfaces A laceration is a deep cut in the skin or flesh. Lacerations can lead to substantial blood loss, which can result in hypovolemic shock and other dangerous conditions. When an individual suffers a laceration in a swimming pool,...