Medical Negligence

The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that the number of people who die as a result of medical errors is the equivalent of three fully loaded jumbo jets crashing every two days. In spite of its frequency, most people never know that they or their loved ones were the victims of medical negligence. Regrettably, medical errors are among the most carefully guarded secrets of the health care industry.

You deserve to know whether you or your loved ones have suffered from cancer or heart disease that should have been diagnosed earlier, or if medical negligence resulted in an unexpected outcome. I talk to clients almost daily with questions just like these. Please call The Schofner Law Firm if you have any reason to suspect that your medical care did not meet acceptable standards.

Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, is defined by the State of Florida as “the death or personal injury of any person in which it is alleged that such death or injury resulted from the negligence of a health care provider.” This means that when a health care facility, doctor, nurse, or dentist causes harm or death to a patient through either action or inaction in treatment, the patient or family of the patient may have recourse for the recovery of damages sustained.

For more information about the legal definitions of medical malpractice and negligence, please consult the Florida Statutes, Title XLV, Chapter 766.

If you feel that you or a family member has been a victim of medical negligence or malpractice, please contact The Schofner Law Firm or call 1-800-891-9996.

Common examples of medical negligence:

Medical Record: Heart Attack
Truth: Failure to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease

Medical Records: Stroke
Truth: Failure to diagnose a cerebral aneurysm

Medical Records: Cerebral Palsy
Truth: Failure to perform a C-section

Medical Records: Surgical Complication
Truth: Failure to monitor blood loss

Medical Records: Allergic Reaction
Truth: Failure to monitor anesthesia

Medical Record: Leg Amputation
Truth: Failure to perform a timely by-pass surgery

Medical Record: Death due to Breast Cancer
Truth: Misinterpretation of mammogram

Why is there so much Medical Negligence?

  • Failure to make a timely diagnosis
  • Failure to appropriately treat patients
  • Failure to adequately monitor
  • Failure to consult a specialist when necessary
  • Failure to medicate properly

The Outcomes of Medical Negligence:

  • Brain/neurological injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Heart attack
  • Birth injury
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Medication errors
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhage