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How can you know if you have a medical malpractice claim?

When you go to the doctor, you assume that he or she will provide you with appropriate care. You trust that Florida medical professionals have your best interests in mind and will do everything they can to get you the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

If you went to the doctor and ended up getting even more sick than you already were or suffered harm from a bad medical procedure, you may not be sure what to do next. After all, you did not go to medical school, so how can you prove that what you suffered was the result of malpractice and not just an unfortunate bad outcome? Malpractice claims are complex, which is why victims find it beneficial to work with an experienced ally from the very beginning of this process. 

Do you have a case?

You may not be certain that what you experienced counts as malpractice. Typically, these claims cover instances that involve patient harm or extended suffering as a result of recklessness, negligence or errors on the part of a doctor, nurse or other type of medical professional. If your doctor made a mistake, improperly diagnosed you, gave you the wrong medication or did anything that ultimately led to pain, suffering or the worsening of your condition, you may have a case.

In order to have a valid medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove certain elements. You will need evidence the doctor owed you a specific duty of care, evidence that he or she violated that duty and evidence that you suffered as a result. With the right help, it is possible to hold doctors and other types of practitioners accountable for harm they caused to innocent patients who placed their trust in them.

What recovery do you need? 

Through a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to seek compensation for certain things you suffered or specific losses you experienced. This may include medical bills, surgery expenses, in-home care you need and more. You may also be able to seek damages for things such as your emotional duress and mental anguish you suffered as a result of your medical malpractice incident.

Don't fight alone

You do not have to walk through this process by yourself. You may find it beneficial to speak with an experienced malpractice attorney about your concerns, and he or she can help you proceed with the appropriate course of action. This is a complex process, but your well-being and recovery are worth fighting for.

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