In 1999 the Institute of Medicine published the famous article “To Err Is Human.” This report dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals.
In 2010 the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year. Yet, only a small percentage of these accidental deaths result in a medical malpractice case.
Medical malpractice cases can arise in many ways. Some of the more common ways in which a doctor, surgeon, or nurse can make a preventable error is:
- Missed or late diagnosis
- Wrong diagnosis
- Prescription errors
- Birth injuries or deaths
- Surgical errors (wrong-site surgery)
- Childbirth errors
- Anesthesia errors
Under Florida law, you can seek compensation for injuries caused by medical malpractice. However, medical malpractice cases are expensive to litigate, so it is usually unrealistic to sue for any injury that is “minor” or heals quickly.
Trust an Ocala Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you feel that you or a family member has been the victim of a medical mistake, call the Ocala medical malpractice attorney at the Rothenburg Law Firm. Steve Rothenburg was raised in Florida, holds a degree from the University of Florida, and spent five years working as a medical prosecutor for what is now the Florida Department of Health. That experience taught him how to work with experts and to learn the inner workings of the medical field.
He’s litigated many famous medical malpractice cases, including the case of “the doctor who cut the wrong leg off” (a case involving a Tampa surgeon who accidently amputated the wrong leg of a patient) and the case of a doctor who provided potassium chloride to a patient and was charged with first degree murder, for which he was acquitted.
The Rothenburg Law Firm accepts only a select number of cases to enable us to dedicate the time needed to get the best outcome for you. We get to know our clients personally. We encourage you to ask questions so we can keep you updated at each step of the litigation process. In a medical malpractice case, there should be no surprises.
We work on a contingency fee basis; therefore there is no cost to you for attorneys’ fees or costs if we are unsuccessful. Contact us today toll-free at (855) 620-9100 or (352) 620-9100.