New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Backed by Over Five Decades of Combined Experience
When patients go to see a doctor, they rightly assume that the treatment they will receive is going to be instrumental in helping them recover from their illness or injury. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Negligence is present in the medical field, just as it is in any other field, and the consequences can be severe.
At The Chopin Law Firm LLC, our attorneys share more than 50 years of collective legal experience. When we take on medical malpractice cases, we are able to devote tremendous time, resources, and knowledge to pursue the best possible outcome on our clients’ behalf. We genuinely care about the well-being of our clients and will pursue every avenue possible in order to obtain the compensation they deserve to cover their medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
The injuries caused by medical malpractice are varied. The cause and the type of personal injury will significantly impact the amount of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
Some examples of medical malpractice can include the following:
- Surgery Errors: These types of medical mistakes include operating on the wrong side/part of the body, leaving a foreign object in a patient's body, anesthesia errors, and more.
- Drug Overdose: This type of malpractice is extremely serious because the possible consequences of a medical overdose are brain damage, internal organ damage, a coma, and death.
- Erb’s Palsy: Erb's palsy is a birth injury that commonly results when a medical professional forcefully pulls on the baby's arms during delivery.
- Undiagnosed Illnesses or Wrong Diagnoses: This type of malpractice typically occurs because a medical provider failed to order the appropriate tests, failing to properly diagnose an illness.
- Pharmaceutical Errors: If a pharmacy, pharmacist, hospital, or healthcare provider negligently distributes or administers a drug, then you can legally hold them liable for their action or inaction. Common types of pharmaceutical errors include dispensing the wrong medication, failing to evaluate the patient's medical history, or failing to screen multiple prescriptions.
- Emergency Room Negligence: Because emergency rooms are often overcrowded and hospital employees are often overworked, ER medical malpractice is unfortunately far too common. Malpractice can include things like supplying the wrong medication, failing to refer a patient, or improperly communicating with other medical professionals.
- Hospital Negligence: People often ask if hospitals can be sued for medical malpractice, and in short, the answer is yes. Hospital malpractice can include things like under-trained staff, unsafe premises, unsanitary conditions, and inadequate equipment.
There are certainly several other types of medical malpractice. If you've been seriously injured because you believe a medical professional failed to provide the standard of care, then please contact us as soon as possible. At The Chopin Law Firm LLC, our legal team has extensive experience handling these types of claims and understands what it takes to prove liability.
How Do I Prove Medical Malpractice Occurred?
Proving medical malpractice can be a complicated process that involves extensive review of medical records, hospital records, expert witness testimony, and more.
A medical malpractice claim must be able to prove that:
- You have a doctor-patient relationship
- The medical provider or hospital acted in negligence when treating you
- You suffered serious injuries as a result of the negligence
It is crucial that you enlist the help of a knowledgeable New Orleans medical malpractice attorney to guide you through your options. We have a strong knowledge of medical procedures, processes, and negligence that can contribute to medical malpractice injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Florida?
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in Florida can be found at Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(b). In short, you have two years to file a medical malpractice suit from the time of the incident or from the time the injury should have reasonably been discovered. In no event can a medical malpractice claim be filed after four years from the date of the incident.
There are some exceptions. Most notably that the four-year limit cannot prevent a lawsuit from being filed on behalf of a minor on or before the child's eighth birthday.
Clearly, the answer is not straightforward. If you believe that you are eligible to file a malpractice claim, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced team of attorneys. Our firm has over fifty years of legal experience and offers free, initial case evaluations!
Call (504) 475-2429 to Speak with a New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer!
If you or a loved one have been injured by a physician, nurse, hospital, or another medical caregiver, don’t hesitate to pursue compensation with our skilled attorneys. With experience on both sides of the table, we understand the strategies that the insurance companies and hospital lawyers will use in order to minimize the compensation you are owed. We will use our unique experience and insight in your favor.