Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice resulting in a patient’s injury or wrongful death can occur at any time during a patient’s treatment and care, including the most routine of medical procedures or a yearly well visit in a doctor’s office. Most physicians and other medical professionals avoid making mistakes that result in a patient’s injury or death for the duration of their practices. As is true of any of us, however, doctors and other medical professionals are capable of making errors. When such errors are caused by the professional’s negligence or malpractice, patients who have been injured and the families of patients who have died as a result of such negligence may be entitled to compensation through legal action for the damages suffered by the patient or patient’s family as a result.

If you have been injured or one of your family members has died and you suspect that your injury or loved one’s death was caused by medical negligence or malpractice, you may be entitled to recover damages through the institution of a medical malpractice action against the individuals and/or entities responsible for your injury or loved one’s death. The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience with medical malpractice cases. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for a no-cost assessment of your case and more information about your legal rights and options.

Legal Liability for Personal Injuries and Wrongful Deaths Caused by Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is generally defined as the failure of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional to exercise the degree of care owed by the medical professional to his or her patient under the particular circumstances that gave rise to a patient’s injury or death. The medical care required of a medical professional under certain circumstances is established in a medical malpractice action by the testimony of medical experts. In addition to establishing a doctor or other medical professional’s duty and breach of the duty of care owed to a patient, the testimony of medical experts may also be relied upon to establish the cause or causes of a patient’s injury or death and the damages suffered by the injured patient or the deceased patient’s survivors as a result of the injury or death.

Medical malpractice may be found to have occurred during a routine office visit, for example, as a result of a doctor or nurse’s failure to question a patient regarding the occurrence of symptoms or illnesses since a patient’s last visit or the failure to listen to a patient’s description of illnesses or symptoms. If such negligence results in a doctor’s failure to diagnose a patient’s illness or condition, the doctor and other medical professionals responsible for the failure to diagnose may be found liable for the damages suffered by the patient or the patient’s survivors if it is determined that the negligence was a cause of the patient’s subsequent injury or death.

Routine surgical procedures may also result in a patient’s injury or death and the liability of medical professionals whose negligence is determined to have been a cause of the patient’s injury or death. The negligence of an anesthesiologist during surgery, for example, may result in the serious injury or death of a patient and the liability of the negligent anesthesiologist for the damages suffered by the patient or by the patient’s surviving family members. The failure to test or sterilize equipment or instruments used in a surgical procedure may also be found to constitute negligence or medical malpractice on the part of the individuals responsible for such duties, resulting in their liability for a patient’s injury or death that was caused by such negligence.

Clinics, hospitals, and other entities that employ doctors and other medical professionals may also be held liable for injuries or deaths caused to patients by the negligence of their employees or by their own independent negligence. When an employee is found to have negligently caused a patient’s injury or death while the employee was working for his or her employer, the employer may be held vicariously, or indirectly, liable for the injury or death caused by its negligent employee. If the employer is found to have been negligent in screening, hiring, training, monitoring, and/or retaining an employee whose negligence is determined to have been causal of a patient’s injury or death, the employer may be found directly liable for the patient’s injury or death, as well.

A hospital, clinic, or other medical care entity may also be held directly liable for other instances of negligence that are determined to have caused patients’ injuries or deaths. The failure to institute and enforce hospital policies to protect patients from the spread of disease or other injury, for example, may be found to have caused a patient’s injury or death and result in the direct liability of the hospital or clinic responsible for such failures. The use of defective or inadequately maintained equipment in a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital may also result in a patient’s injury or death and direct liability on the part of the responsible entity.

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The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to holding all those responsible for patients’ avoidable injuries and wrongful deaths accountable through legal action. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died as a result of medical malpractice, our medical malpractice attorneys can help you fight for the compensation to which you and your family are entitled. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for expert and experienced assistance with your medical malpractice case.

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Date published: 03/05/2015
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