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Pensacola Medical Malpractice Attorney

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are trusted every day to care for the health of people throughout the world. While appointments, procedures and treatments often go smoothly, some do not. Medical mistakes do occur and can be devastating for an entire family. If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice and need help, ask a Pensacola medical malpractice lawyer first.

We at the Pensacola office of Phil Hall, P.A., understand the emotions that often accompany medical malpractice and other personal injury matters. Our firm is committed to guiding you through every stage of filing a claim as well as conveying the impact that the injuries or illnesses have had on your life.

Telling Your Family’s Story

Even a minor medical error can cause a serious injury, a current illness to worsen or, unfortunately, death. Regardless of how the error changed your life, the fact remains that it did change your life. The medical professional responsible for the mistake and their malpractice insurer, as well as other parties, should know the full scope of the mistake.

We believe that pursuing compensation for damages, losses and injuries is more than medical reports and paperwork. We believe that translating the harm that has been caused and telling your story is just as important. A family dynamic is often changed after a medical error, due to the inability of one member to participate as they once did. This should be one of the main things insurers consider, as it is difficult to put a number on this aspect of the situation. Your family time is invaluable, and we seek compensation with that in mind.

Situations Involving Medical Malpractice

Whether you have suffered a heart attack or stroke, have been affected by cancer or have had another type of health condition, it is essential that your health is cared for properly. Medical malpractice can encompass many different types of cases, including:

  • Doctor and nursing errors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital errors
  • Emergency room errors
  • Pharmacy and medication errors

When medical professionals fail to uphold a professional standard of care, they could be held liable for malpractice.

What Is Considered Medical Negligence in the State of Florida?

Medical negligence is an essential aspect of a medical malpractice claim. Healthcare providers are held to the professional standard of their industry. This means that, for a provider to be considered medically negligent, their action or inaction that caused the injury must be outside this professional standard of care. If another provider with similar knowledge and experience would not have acted the same way, the accused provider would be considered medically negligent.

There are several elements in a medical malpractice claim that have to be proven, and medical negligence is only one aspect. A successful malpractice claim must prove the following:

  1. Duty of Care: The provider must have a duty of care to the plaintiff. If there is an existing doctor-patient relationship, and/or the provider agrees to give the patient care, they owe the patient a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: A medical provider breaches their duty of care by acting outside the professional standard of care, making them guilty of medical negligence. In addition to negligence, a provider may also engage in misconduct or malicious behavior.
  3. Causation: A provider behaving negligently does not automatically make them at fault for an illness or injury. Causation must prove that there is a clear link between the actions or inactions of the provider’s breach of care and the injury, illness, or other damages suffered by the plaintiff.
  4. Damages: The plaintiff must have suffered losses that are recognized by law. This includes economic and noneconomic damages.

If you believe that you or a loved one suffered an act of medical negligence and are a victim of malpractice, discuss your case with an experienced Florida malpractice lawyer. They can review your situation to determine if you meet the requirements to file a malpractice claim. An attorney is also an invaluable resource for gathering evidence to prove each element of malpractice.

How Much Can You Get for Medical Malpractice in Florida?

The value of a medical malpractice claim relies on the injuries, damages, and long-term effects on a person’s life. More severe injuries typically result in higher-value settlements. When a medical provider is determined to be at fault for a patient’s illness or injury, they are liable for all economic and noneconomic damages that the patient suffered.

If you or a loved one was injured due to the carelessness and negligence of a medical professional, you could recover any losses resulting from their actions, including:

  • Medical Bills: These may include the costs of initial treatment that caused the injury or illness, along with corrective surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy, prescriptions, and any potential complications that are expected from the injury.
  • Lost Wages: If you were unable to go to work for some time while you recovered from your injury or illness, the wages that you lost could be covered by a claim.
  • Diminished Earning Capacity: If you have been permanently injured or disabled and cannot engage in gainful employment or work in the field that you are qualified for, you could recover the future wages you would have earned.
  • Pain and Suffering: These are noneconomic damages, including loss of enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement, physical pain, and mental suffering.

An attorney can help calculate the true cost of your injury.

We Are Here to Help

The team at our firm is there with you throughout your medical malpractice case. Trust us to have your best interests in mind. For more information or schedule a free consultation, call us at 850-760-2156 or contact us online.


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