Everyone expects doctors to treat their patients with prudence, but sometimes they make mistakes. Such mistakes could be fatal or costly to revert, and medical practitioners do not always admit culpability. In some cases, it is necessary to take legal action and have the courts examine whether the practitioners failed to meet the requisite standard of care.
Do you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice? Has a loved one suffered preventable injuries under the care of a negligent provider? An experienced Trinity medical malpractice lawyer at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys is ready to review your case. The meticulous personal injury attorneys based at our Trinity, Florida offices can help you uncover proof of wrongdoing, assist you in holding the perpetrator liable, and get the compensation you deserve. Call us for your free case evaluation.
About Perenich Law Injury Attorneys
Founded in 2009, Perenich Law Injury Attorneys is led by the Perenich brothers, Gregory, Timothy, and Terence. Each with over 30 years of legal experience, the team is founded on experience and passion. The firm is proud to advocate for the wrongfully injured and takes great pride in the many accolades and verdicts they have won.
Having represented thousands of clients over the years, Perenich Law Injury Attorneys is proud to bring decades of knowledge to every case they pursue. Their dedication has led to an induction into Florida Legal Elite and recognitions from Super Lawyers. But beyond these professional achievements, the real reason the partners at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys practice law is to fight for justice and help those who have been wronged recover compensation in the face of life-altering trauma.
Our Cases Results
Over the years, the Perenich Law Injury Attorneys team has obtained millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. Though we cannot guarantee the outcome of your case, you can rest assured that we will bring our years of knowledge and successful litigation to the table to put your best interest first.
These are just a few examples of our firm’s verdicts and settlements.
$10M settlement: Medical malpractice case in which an infant suffered life-altering neurological injuries due to the failure to properly diagnose viral meningitis.
$7.95M settlement: Medical malpractice case in which a successful surgery tragically led to wrongful death when the post-surgical team failed to diagnose and treat septic shock.
$825K settlement: Medical malpractice case involving the wrongful death of a 34-year-old woman who did not receive the necessary blood infusion after surgery.
These examples are a small fraction of the many successful cases our team has represented. Though we cannot guarantee the outcome of your case, our dedicated attorneys will bring the knowledge earned from previous cases to every Trinity medical malpractice claim we take.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
According to a recent Johns Hopkins study, medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. with a fatality report of 250,000 deaths per year. This put medical malpractice deaths right behind heart disease and cancer on the list of top killers.
The misconduct, misdiagnosis, or failure to take action by a Trinity physician, facility, or medical provider that leads to a patient’s injuries may constitute medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice: What Are the Most Common Forms?
Even with the grave repercussions, sometimes malpractice victims choose not to seek redress. Some other individuals even fail to recognize that what transpired during their treatment was medical malpractice. Medication errors can occur in various ways, such as during treatment, health management, or recovery. The following are some of the most prevalent forms of medical malpractice:
Refusal to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis
A misdiagnosed or late diagnosis of an ailment, accident, or medical issue is the foundation of several medical malpractice cases. In fact, research reveals that mistakes were the leading cause of medical malpractice lawsuits over four years. It could be challenging to appropriately diagnose a disorder since some characteristics are harder to identify or appear to be signs of some other disorder.
However, if the patient does not get an appropriate diagnosis, they could receive incorrect care, delayed treatment, or no hospitalization. Inaccurate or inappropriate interventions might cause astronomical medical expenditures for the patient.
Surgical errors account for about 4,000 claims every year, making them the second most prevalent medical malpractice claim.
All procedures carry some risk. However, the following are the most prevalent mistakes:
Anesthesia error, like issuance of too much or too little medicine during an operation
Injury to a tissue that was not part of the treatment
Operation on an incorrect tissue
Surgery on a wrong patient
Surgery or cut in the wrong area
Surgical tools (like sponges or needles) left inside patients
According to surveys, 7,000 to 9,000 deaths occur each year because of medication mistakes like:
Administration of a wrong drug
Failure to include a crucial component of the medication
Issuance of prescriptions with wrong timelines
Giving the wrong dosage regimen
Failure to check to see if a patient is sensitive to a particular drug
Failure to verify whether a patient is taking any other prescriptions that potentially interfere with the prescribed drugs
Wrong recommendations or dosage on prescriptions
Medical malpractice cases occur more frequently amongst OBGYNs than any other category of clinicians, with these mistakes potentially harming both the mom and the baby during childbirth. Besides, injuries can occur during pregnancy, childbirth, or shortly after delivery, and include trauma-related injuries (like nerve damage or broken bones.)
Contusions or forceps scars, palsy, facial paralysis, brachial palsy, cervical dystonia, collarbone fractures, and many other nerve injuries frequently take place.
When an anesthesiologist provides the improper kind or dosage of anesthesia or ceases to adequately evaluate the patient, anesthesia could be deadly. Besides, experts do not limit these concerns to the operation room.
They sometimes occur when the patient recuperates or during sedation for dental or outpatient treatments.
Errors in emergency rooms
To both patients and the care staff, a trip to the emergency room is a high-stress encounter. Frequently, a lot of patients require critical intervention. Lab tests, assessments, and treatments may provide conflicting or confusing results. And sometimes doctors send individuals home when they should hospitalize them.
Infections obtained when undergoing treatment are hospital-acquired infections or HAI. Such infections affect one out of every twenty-five hospitalized patients, as per the Department of Health. Although healthcare workers take many measures to prevent infection, they still do occur. Such infections might come from surgical errors, poor post-operative nursing, or open wound neglect.
Who Is Liable for Your Medical Malpractice Injuries in Trinity County?
Most people associate medical misconduct with doctors and surgeons. However, nursing staff, psychologists, orthopedists, chiropractics, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, and many others may be liable. The culpable party could also be one of the healthcare practitioners who never interact with patients, hence could be out of mind. A radiologist, for instance, who misreads a biopsy or X-ray could be accountable, even when the patient was unaware of that person’s role in their treatment.
The law may hold Trinity hospitals liable for inadequate screening procedures, maintaining insufficient health histories, wrongly enrolling and dismissing patients, and neglecting to safeguard patients from injury overall. According to statutory provisions, healthcare facilities may not refuse to cover or register anyone based on race, ethnicity, faith, nationality, or failure to afford medical care.
The law may also hold medical facilities indirectly accountable for the misconduct of their staff, which implies they are responsible for someone else’s wrongdoing even though they did not do it. Healthcare practitioners, including doctors, are sometimes contract workers instead of clinical staff. When a physician performs misconduct while giving medical care to a patient in the hospital within these circumstances, the facility is not accountable for the physician’s wrongdoing. Sometimes, the facility could account if it gives accompanying protection to an unfit or unregistered practitioner.
The facility should reasonably inquire about a potential employee’s schooling, experience, and licensure. It should also ensure that enough skilled medics are on board to cater to the patients’ needs.
Medical Malpractice Statutory Aspects
The unfortunate casualty should show that the medical provider was irresponsible and carelessness caused the damage. For instance:
Violation of a professional obligation entrusted to the patients;
Damage induced by the violation; and
Limitations for Legislation
Florida has specific special rules within the statute of limitations or time restrictions regarding initiating a medical malpractice lawsuit. It has tighter rules for medical malpractice proceedings, with the constitutional aim of preventing misuse of the personal injury claims processes.
To begin, a victim must inform the health practitioner or facility of their intention to sue, providing the practitioner with up to 90 days to negotiate a settlement. But when there is no arrangement, the victim can sue. Victims must bring medical malpractice lawsuits within two years of the damage’s revelation, not the time of the injury itself. Even after discovering harm after a reasonable timeframe, sufferers only have two years to take legal action.
Exceptional Cases Consideration
The statute of limitations makes an exception if the affected person in a medical negligence dispute is a small child. In such a situation, the child has until the age of eight to sue for damages on their own.
If the victims could show that the irresponsible health professional used purposeful or deceptive measures to hide the harm or hinder the victim from learning about the malpractice, a further exception to the time restriction may be possible.
A knowledgeable Trinity medical malpractice attorney from Perenich Law Injury Attorneys can help victims, and their households submit a case as soon as possible.
Medication Errors in Health Facilities: How Widespread Are They?
Annually, medication blunders in hospitals and doctors’ offices affect approximately 1.5 million Americans, with about a quarter of these blunders being preventable. Instructions can be muddled up, the incorrect prescription provided, a patient’s information may be unclear, drug combinations might develop, and other errors can cause significant injuries, lasting impairments, and even fatalities.
A simple preventable prescription blunder can add upwards of $5,800 in clinical costs, resulting in a startling amount lost each year.
After garnering a settlement offer, speak with one of our skilled medical malpractice lawyers in Trinity, who can bargain for reasonable compensation.
Damages From Medical Malpractice
Victims pursue claims for a myriad of purposes. They may wish to know how and why the damage occurred or want to avoid undergoing a similar experience again. However, many individuals require monetary compensation to substitute for their economic harm, sorrow, and suffering and give financial security in the face of uncertainty.
The compensation should pay medical bills, prospective medical treatment, rehabilitation, missed earnings, prospective income, diminished standard of living, and other losses. Florida limits non-economic losses (compensating for pain and suffering), whose actual sum is up to $1 million.
The law likewise limits punitive damages in Florida. However, this only counts if the health practitioner was guilty of gross misconduct or willful malpractice.
Speak With a Trinity Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
You could sustain life-long agony, incapacity, and medical expenses if you are the victim of medical misconduct. Get legal advice as fast as possible once injured by a Trinity physician, nurse, med-tech, pharmaceutical, hospice administration, or other medical providers.
Our caring, skilled Perenich Law Injury Attorneys fight hard to protect our clients’ interests and achieve optimal results. We are happy to assist you in any capacity we can and address all of your concerns as you try to regain your life. Please contact us for a free consultation.
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