Have you been injured due to the negligence of a doctor? Check out these 3 medical malpractice facts, then call our Florida lawyers to get started today.
Medical Malpractice Insurance Investigation
When we meet with clients, we discuss with them whether it’s a good idea to talk to the insurance company. There are two answers to this. One is yes and that has to do with their own insurance companies that are helping to pay bills and most wages and things like that. You have a responsibility to cooperate with your own insurance company. You want to because you want them to take care of the matters that come under their policy. With regards to the insurance company for the other side, however, whether it’s the hospital or the doctor or the nurse or what have you, the answer is emphatically no. They have the interest of the healthcare provider in mind, not yours. All of their efforts to obtain information is for the benefit of their insured, not yours.
When we meet with clients, in the very first conversation, we tell them you will not talk to the other side’s insurance company. We tell them, if they get contacted, to give the insurance representative our contact information. At that point, it is illegal for the insurance company to talk to you about the case. They will call our office and then we will have a line of communication from our office to theirs, which is the way it should be. If you have a medical malpractice case which has occurred in Nassau County, Duval County, or any of the surrounding areas, call us. We’ll sit down. We’ll go over those things and a whole lot more. We’ll figure out how best to help you.
Uninformed Medical Procedure
Medical malpractice cases come in different forms. Do you have a case when the doctor didn’t tell you the procedure that he or she performed? The short answer is yes. Again, malpractice cases are complicated but that is what’s called an informed consent case. Healthcare providers cannot perform anything upon you unless they tell you what they’re going to do, the risks and benefits of it, and get you to consent to the procedure before it happens. If they do not do that, that is what is known as a breach of a standard of care, meaning it’s a negligent action or inaction. If you are hurt by it, you can prosecute a medical malpractice claim. If that has happened to you in Nassau County or Duval County or any of the surrounding areas, call us today. We’ll sit down and talk about it and see how best we can help you.
Medical Malpractice Communication Errors
Many times, clients will not understand what happened in their medical malpractice case. A communication error that we often see is that an assistant or a nurse practitioner will see something and either not communicate it to the treating physician, miscommunicate it to the treating physician, or communicate it properly and a treating physician not see it. All of those provide a basis for a medical malpractice claim. There are procedures and methods of communication that healthcare providers are very familiar with and they should follow them in each and every case.
Many times, for whatever reason, they don’t or it hasn’t been followed and it can be to the detriment, sometimes very severely, of a patient. We had a case rather recently within the last year when that happened. A lady was on home health and she did not have her meds done appropriately. The nurse saw it and reported it to the supervising physician. The physician did not look at it. This lady was catastrophically injured as a result. We successfully prosecute that claim. That’s what a communication error is. If you have something like that, call us and we will sit down with it. We’ll go over it and see how best we can help you.
Did you lose a loved one from the negligence of another in Florida and have questions about these 3 medical malpractice facts? Contact experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer at Paul Boone Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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