Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Your Christian Law Firm, Dean Burnetti Law represents Medical Malpractice Injury Victims in Polk County, including: Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven; in Hillsborough County, including: Brandon, Tampa, and Plant City; in Pinellas County, including Clearwater, St. Pete, Gulfport, Treasure Island, Largo, Oldsmar; and all of the surrounding Greater Central Florida and West Central Florida Areas.
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Medical malpractice and medical negligence can occur in doctors’ offices, surgical centers, and hospitals, as well as in other places. They can involve nursing homes, chiropractors, physicians, surgeons, dental specialists, psychiatrics, or other professionals involved in the medical community of care, treatment, and medical testing.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider fails to comply with the prescribed duty of care; how other doctors with similar credentials would handle the situation (i.e., surgery, medication, etc.), and the result is harm (or death) to the patient.
Oftentimes, people confuse medical malpractice with the more common medical negligence. Malpractice has element of “intent” that negligence does not. In a medical malpractice, the provider’s “intent” was most likely not a malicious intent for the sole purpose of causing harm to the patient. Rather, this type of “intent” is a legal term meaning that the medical provider had knowledge that they needed to take certain measures to treat a patient, and without those measures, the patient could potentially suffer adverse consequences. Yet, the provider still failed to provide those extra measures despite the potential outcome.
An example of this may be that a provider failed to provide a costly diagnostic test because the patient didn’t have health coverage such as a child who complains of a pain in her legs, and the pediatrician attributes it to “growing pains” rather than sending her for further testing. The child goes home, and her parents ignore her further complaints until it is determined that she had bone cancer that had metathesized into other areas of her body, and the parents end up burying their child. In Florida, the Statute of Limitations allows 2 years from the date of the medical malpractice to file a claim (although there are limited exceptions that make it possible to extend the time).
Medical negligence is far more common that medical malpractice and has nothing to do with intent. As the name implies, medical negligence occurs when a medical provider causes harm to a patient because of errors, omissions, or mistakes in their medical judgment.
If you or a loved-one has been the victim of Medical Malpractice or Negligence, make sure your legal rights are protected. Seek the advice and representation of experienced legal counsel.
Call (863) 287-6388 (in Lakeland) or (813) 287-6388 (in Brandon) today to schedule a free confidential consultation with an attorney at Your Christian Law Firm, Dean Burnetti Law.
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