Standard of Care & Medical Malpractice
For many, the great state of Florida means fun, adventure, and sunshine, but with so many activities going on in Tampa and other cities in tourist hot spots across Florida, there is always the potential for accidents and injury. Whether you are injured in an accident or believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, it is not always easy to determine if you have a legal claim. Laws are constantly changing making it even more difficult to determine whether or not any injuries you received were due to negligence on the part of another party. It is in these times of confusion and uncertainty that the knowledge and experience of a good Tampa personal injury attorney become invaluable.
Medical standard of care and malpractice
Medical malpractice centers on whether or not a doctor or health care professional has met the prevailing standard of care. Standard of care can be a complex concept and is often the subject of a lot of legal interpretation, focusing on the laws involving the healthcare industry. Simply put, the medical standard of care is the type and amount of skill and attention a healthcare professional provides a patient that a similarly trained healthcare professional in the same area would provide. If a doctor breached the standard of care, then you and your attorney bear the burden of proving how the doctor fell short during the course of treatment and how that negligence led to your injury. In order to do so, the attorney handling your case would first learn what the accepted course of treatment is and seek the opinions of other healthcare or medical professionals.
Navigating the rough waters of medical malpractice
A medical malpractice lawsuit can be a difficult journey down a turbulent river of expert witness testimony and lots of legal wrangling. Many hospitals and doctors are hesitant to admit to making a mistake and have a team of lawyers on their side that may counsel against admitting fault or taking responsibility. Making matters even more complicated is the fact it must be shown that if not for the negligence, the patient would not have experienced a worsening of health. A well-qualified Tampa personal injury lawyer can best answer important matters like these. Seek out an attorney who specializes in personal injury and malpractice. Meet with the attorney personally to get a feel for how he or she practices law — and always ask for references, or check for references online.
As skilled and experienced Tampa medical malpractice attorneys, we, at Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore, can help you understand if you have a case and what steps need to be taken to recover the relief you are due. Contact us today for a free consultation.