We all seek the assistance and expertise of medical professionals in our time of need. Sometimes, those are moments of great joy, like when a new baby is expected; but, most often, they are when we are faced with an injury or illness. Unfortunately, not all healthcare providers or medical facilities deliver the services expected of them. Medical malpractice is when a physician, nurse, dentist or other medical professional causes an injury to a patient because of something they did or failed to do that falls outside the standard practice of care.
Medical malpractice occurs in cases where the patient is injured or damaged due to a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional, which results in damage or harm to the patient.
Negligence by a medical professional could include an erroneous diagnosis, treatment or management of an illness or condition. If such negligence results in injury to the patient, a case could arise against the doctor, if his or her actions deviated from generally accepted standards of medical practice.
Medical negligence cases can also be brought against hospitals or other medical facilities for improper nursing care, such as medication administration errors, failure of a nurse to assess and monitor a patient, development of bed sores, failure of the nursing staff to communicate with the physician, failure to document, or the failure of a nurse to act as a patient advocate.
When a patient is able to prove that medical malpractice occurred and caused harm, he or she may be entitled to monetary damages. This can include compensation for a patient’s pain and suffering, including physical pain, disfigurement, disability, loss of quality of life and emotional distress. A patient may also be entitled to special damages to cover expenses such as medical bills and loss of income, and future cost of care. In the most egregious cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish and deter the medical professional or medical facility from repeating the negligent behavior.
The medical malpractice trial attorneys at Coker Law know that serious injuries related to medical malpractice can be devastating and that financial losses due to such injuries can be a catastrophic blow to any family. Our goal is to obtain prompt, just and fair compensation for all of our clients’ losses.
All medical malpractice cases are reviewed by a four-person team, each with their own unique experience and case history with hospitals, doctors, private medical practices, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Our medical malpractice trial attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of complex medical malpractice cases and our firm’s decades-long experience permits us to promptly and thoroughly assess and prosecute even the most demanding medical malpractice cases.
Not all personal injury law firms take cases to trial. In fact, most do not. They either lack the knowledge, expertise or funds to see a case through to trial. A trial may be necessary to gain maximum compensation for you and your family. If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. With our firm’s more than 40 years of litigation experience, trial skills, professional reputation and unwavering commitment to our clients’ best interests, you can be confident in our ability to handle your medical malpractice case.
The medical malpractice trial attorneys at Coker Law always encourage you to be an informed patient or health care advocate. Your state’s Department of Health Licensing and Regulation section provides information relating to professional, facility and permit licensing, along with information on enforcement.
In Florida, you can go to www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation.