A few years ago, a Florida doctor was lost his medical license and was taken to court because he accidentally amputated the wrong leg on a sick patient. According to the doctor, both legs were so diseased and sickly looking that he couldn’t tell which leg was the “bad” leg. He further said that it was only a matter of time before the other leg would need amputation as well. But it does not change the fact he cut off the wrong leg. The doctor had numerous opportunities to confirm the correct leg prior to the procedure, including a last-minute chart look at the chart in the operating room which stated the leg that should be amputated.
It wasn’t until mid-surgery when a nurse realized the doctor had made the mistake. By that time it was too late. The doctor also previously amputated another patient’s toe without that patient’s permission.
Having to lose a part of your body due to illness is not easy. It is one of the most difficult in life a person may have to endure. But when the medical professional administering care makes a mistake, not only does it change your life drastically, but it can affect you mentally.
If you were to find yourself in this tragic scenario, one of the first things you need to do is contact a medical malpractice attorney who can handle your case with care and compassion, but also with conviction. The medical malpractice attorneys at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA have been serving clients in the Aventura and general South Florida area for years.
What Falls Under Medical Malpractice?
There are certain medical standards that are accepted by medical professionals and medical boards called the standard of care. It is reasonable for a patient to expect care that meets these standards. If the standard of care has not been met, the medical professional could be held liable for negligence.
For a medical malpractice claim to be valid, a patient must not only prove that the standard of care was not met, but that they sustained an injury that otherwise would not have occurred if not for said negligence.
Medical malpractice cases are not cheap, so in order for a client to pursue one, they must make sure that there was significant damage done due to negligence. If the damage was small, the actual pursuit of compensation may cost more than damages rewarded. To pursue a case, there has to be proof of disability, loss of income, hardship, exorbitant medical bills or unusual pain.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in South Florida
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA. Their medical malpractice attorneys are at the top of their game in not just Aventura, but South Florida in general. They will handle your case with compassion, but also represent you with conviction. They will fight tirelessly until they recover what you legally are entitled to. Give them a call today…don’t delay.