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Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical mistakes are on the rise throughout the country due to the number of patients who need services as well as pressure on medical professionals to move cases forward. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, it is time to talk to an attorney at Valenzuela Law Firm, P.A.

To learn more about medical malpractice situations, please read through the questions and answers below. To discuss your specific case and needs, call our office at 813-217-5613 or contact us online now.

What is malpractice?

When a doctor or other medical professional causes harm to a patient due to their lack of attention, negligence, omission of information or another issue, it is considered malpractice.

Who is responsible if I am injured or someone died because of a medical mistake?

There may be several parties that can be held responsible, depending on the situation. Anyone whose actions directly contributed to the situation may be held responsible. This includes doctors who are making diagnoses, surgeons who are performing surgeries, anesthesiologists who are sedating patients, hospitals where procedures and treatments are taking place, nurses who are carrying out doctors’ orders, radiologists who are reading x-rays and other radiological films and others. Our firm can assess your situation, determine the potential parties who hold liability and take action against one or more of them.

What are some common medical mistakes?

There are numerous situations that can constitute medical malpractice, including:

  • Injuries during birth, labor and delivery as well as pregnancy
  • Surgical errors due to surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and hospital facilities
  • Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose
  • Emergency room mistakes and errors due to the incoming severity and number of cases
  • Doctor and nurse errors
  • Misdiagnosis of or failure to diagnose cancer, heart attacks and stroke
  • Errors during robotic or laparoscopic surgery
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Medication errors

What should I do if I think my doctor made a mistake?

You should reach out to an experienced lawyer as soon as you have concerns about treatment or how a doctor addressed your health situation. Our firm can evaluate your case and determine if there was malpractice committed. We can then take action and help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered.