What Is Medical Malpractice?

The attorneys at Valenzuela Law Firm, P.A., in Tampa, offer free consultations to people for discussing matters pertaining to medical negligence. Many cases managed in a hospital, office or clinic have a chance of ending badly even when doctors do everything possible to provide treatment. Other times, though, it might turn out that malpractice played a role.

Consultations with our practice will give you the opportunity to discuss pertinent details regarding a matter that you would like us to evaluate. We have more than 30 years of experience handling medical malpractice cases in Florida, including cerebral palsy cases.

There Are No Guarantees With Health Care

The medical staff at a health care facility is usually aware of the appropriate steps to take during scheduled office visits or in emergencies. Despite such guidelines, visits with these professionals may not always result in good outcomes for the patient. A poor prognosis could mean that the individual's condition is not likely to respond to known treatments or further medical care. This is not the same as medical negligence.

On the other hand, failing to diagnose a condition early enough might be considered medical negligence. Likewise, a mistake that results in patient injury or other actions performed by a staff member that cause harm could also be considered malpractice. For a claim to be valid, certain factors must be present, including:

  • An established relationship between the patient and medical professional
  • Harm caused by a medical professional
  • Proof that the medical professional did not uphold the appropriate standard of care

The details of a potential malpractice case need to be reviewed carefully, and proof must be gathered that supports the claim that negligence occurred. We cannot pursue a case without it. The injury in question also cannot have been primarily caused by another health issue such as a terminal illness. This could create too much doubt in the case regarding the role the medical professional played in the resulting harm or injury. Our firm approaches case evaluations with attention to detail in order to identify signs of malpractice for you.

What Can You Do?

Any form of medical care carries some risk. However, if you are concerned that negligence resulted in a significant loss to you, then you may be able to take legal action. We are prepared to make a professional recommendation regarding your case. For a free consultation, contact us online, or call 813-217-5613 to speak with a lawyer.