Obtaining recovery for careless or incompetent medical care
We count on doctors and nurses to heal us. Most of them do. Nevertheless, thousands of people file lawsuits every year based on injuries and deaths caused by medical malpractice. At Larmoyeux & Bone in West Palm Beach, we are board certified medical malpractice lawyers. We have helped many victims of medication errors get the settlement or award that they deserved. If you or someone you love was injured by a careless doctor, nurse, or other health care provider, contact Larmoyeux & Bone for a free consultation.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
We handle medical malpractice cases that involve:
- Surgical error, including foreign objects left in the body, punctured bowels, and severed blood vessels
- Physician error
- Nursing home neglect
- Wrongful death
- Birth injuries, especially those resulting in birth defects like Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy
- Misdiagnosis of cancer, heart attacks, and other conditions
- Hospital malpractice, including dosage errors and triage mistakes
- Pharmaceutical error, including drug interaction mistakes, drug allergies, and improper medications
Our Legal Services
When we accept a medical malpractice client, we thoroughly investigate the incident. We interview doctors and witnesses. We obtain copies of medical records, bringing in outside experts, if necessary, to help us determine both the standard of care, and whether that standard has been violated.
Next, we determine the compensation to which our client is entitled. We take into account medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and provisions for any long term care our client may need. We fight hard to ensure that, when their lawsuit concludes, our clients have what they deserve to get on with their lives.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a sharp increase has occurred in the number of filled emergency room beds throughout the United States. Sadly, as this number continues to rise, the number of emergency departments has fallen. The combination of these two changes has led to emergency room crowding and thus a vast increase in emergency room errors. While emergency rooms are typically chaotic in any case, a lack of resources places all patients in a compromising situation.
When a high-pressure environment is combined with an abundance of patients, the likelihood of emergency room errors grows. As medical professionals rush around in attempt to treat as many patients as quickly as possible, cutting corners often leads to patients paying a price. Regardless of these factors, the staff members of the emergency room have a duty to offer the best care, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment for each and every patient. When an emergency room error occurs, the results can be life-threatening.
West Palm Beach hospitals, much like the rest of the United States, are experiencing rises in emergency room patients. If you or a loved one has suffered due to an emergency room error, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. For more information, please contact one of our South Florida medical malpractice lawyers today.
Types of Emergency Room Errors
When it comes to medical treatment in the hospital, emergency rooms must offer adequate care to their patients. Unfortunately, negligence often occurs and compromises the safety and health of emergency room occupants. A physician today is faced with a wide variety of stressful challenges, chaotic situations, and hectic schedules. When people are being checked in and out of the emergency room at such rapid rates the chance of negligence increases significantly. In these cases, the doctor is held liable and a medical malpractice lawsuit is typically valid.
Regardless of the type of emergency room error, any type of careless action from a medical professional is cause for concern. The following are the most commonly seen types of emergency room errors today:
- Prescription medication error
- Breaches in the standard level of care
- Delayed diagnosis
- Misinterpret test results
- Patient dumping
While the above emergency room errors vary in severity, they are all potential claims in a malpractice lawsuit. When it comes to seeking healthcare, Florida residents must be able to trust that the hospitals in which they attend are giving them optimal treatment and attention. When the negligence of a doctor, a nurse, or medical staff member cause harm these people must be held liable for their careless action.
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Medication errors can come in a variety of forms. While physicians and hospital personnel have your best interest in mind, adverse reactions to medication, unexpected reactions to medication, pharmaceutical issues, medical device failure, and overdose do occur. Medication errors comprise a widespread breadth of complications. If you or someone you love has been a victim of medication error, please contact Larmoyeux & Bone in West Palm Beach for an initial consultation.
Medication Error Cases
- Adverse Reactions
- Drug Complications
- Wrong Dosage
- Improper Prescription Drug Combination
- Pharmacy Misfiling
- Quality Control
- Medical Devices Malfunctions
- Manufacturing Prescriptions Drugs Problems
- Incorrect Record-Keeping
- “Off Label” Usage
What Can You Do To Prevent Medication Errors?
While medication errors are commonly out of the hands of a patient, there are several steps that can be taken to lay a foundation for minimal error. First and foremost, become a member of your health care team. The greater the patient involvement, the smaller the medical error probability becomes. You can make a difference in avoiding medication errors.
Paying close attention to your medication and confirming your prescription dosage is critical. Inform your physician and health care team of any and all current medications, as well as any allergies. As a general rule: the more you know, the better. So, ask questions, share all personal medical information, and be an active member of your health care team.
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Our Legal Services
When we take on a client who has been victim to medication errors, we have one goal in mind: retrieve proper compensation for personal losses. In doing so, we take the time to thoroughly investigate the incident.
We examine every avenue of the case – inspect medical records, interview physicians and witnesses, and bring in external specialists, if necessary, to support our determination of the standard of care, and whether that standard has been violated. We work tirelessly to ensure that when their lawsuit concludes, our clients receive a fair settlement.
Have you suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor? Has an error in the emergency room caused you to undergo further medical complications? If so, you may be able to seek compensation for medical malpractice.
Contact Larmoyeux & Bone today to learn more about your legal options.