Injury or Death From Medical Negligence
As a patient, you entrust your health and your very life to the hands of physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals. You assume that their advanced training, practical experience and state-of-the-art equipment will protect you. So it is shocking and maddening when an injury or death occurs because of a breach of that trust.
The Tampa medical malpractice lawyers of Feldman Williams, PLLC provide you the skilled and determined representation to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for errors or substandard care. We have recovered compensation — often by jury verdict — in malpractice cases statewide in Florida.
If you believe your own disastrous outcome or the serious injury, illness or death of a family member is due to medical malpractice, arrange a free case evaluation today. We have offices in the Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and in Atlanta, Georgia, or we can travel to you.
Proven Results in Florida Medical Malpractice Cases
Our experienced attorneys have handled all types of medical malpractice claims resulting in injury or disability, illness or infection, or untimely and preventable deaths:
- Surgical errors and anesthesia errors
- Emergency room errors
- Diagnosis errors (misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose)
- Medication errors
- Birth injuries from labor and delivery mistakes
- Hospital negligence
- Defective medical devices (physician error and/or manufacturer liability)
Determining If Medical Malpractice Has Occurred
Not every adverse outcome constitutes malpractice. Some ailments cannot be cured. Some patients cannot be saved. But when a minor or routine procedure results in paralysis, organ damage or death, something went horribly wrong. If doctors missed telltale signs of cancer or did not order the appropriate tests, their competence should be questioned. Often people are turned away from the E.R. and, unfortunately, die immediately or later as a result of the delay in receiving urgent medical attention. The United States provides excellent medical services compared to other countries across the planet, but unfortunately mistakes at the emergency room level do occur and some hospitals employ grossly incompetent physicians and nursing staff.
The threshold for malpractice is high — there must be a disabling, life-threatening or fatal outcome, not merely a mistake that caused no lasting harm. We must prove that the doctor did not do what other physicians would have reasonably done in the same situation or that the nurse failed to follow protocols. In fact, under Florida law, you cannot even file a lawsuit for medical negligence without a written medical expert’s opinion from a physician licensed in the same or a similar specialty concluding that the treating physician or hospital was negligent.
Trial lawyer Mitchell Feldman and his legal team know what questions to ask and what documents to seek in proving medical malpractice. Often we must search for a needle in a haystack to find the one piece of crucial evidence that demonstrates the negligence. We use nurse consultants and work with physician experts nationwide to analyze potential malpractice claims and to assist us in identifying how the health care providers breached the accepted standard of professional care. We are well-versed in the laws controlling medical malpractice cases, including special issues associated with hospital liability for malpractice by the independent doctors working at the facility or the immunity of state-employed physicians and hospitals.
Prepared to Go the Distance
Our goal is a to achieve a judgment or settlement that fully covers all past and future medical care and rehabilitation costs, lost earnings and fair and reasonable compensation for our client’s pain and suffering, or in the case of wrongful death, corresponding damages paid to survivors for the death of a family member. Most if not all medical malpractice claims are vigorously contested by the doctor or the hospital, as their reputations are at stake. The medical and legal issues are complex and require sophisticated, meticulous handling by only the most skilled and experienced trial lawyers. Our attorneys understand that in these cases, we must be fully prepared to take your case to trial or to mandated malpractice arbitration in order to achieve the results of justice and reasonable compensation for the victims of medical malpractice.
Statewide Representation in Florida Medical Malpractice
Feldman Williams, PLLC has the experience and resources to take on medical providers and their powerful, highly paid law firms. Contact us to discuss your potential claim in a free initial assessment. For your convenience, we can meet you at your home, the hospital or a public place of your choosing.