Medical Malpractice Attorney Daytona Beach
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Helping People In Volusia and Flagler County, Florida
Thousands of Florida residents put their trust in doctors, nurses, and health care professionals to treat them during their time of need. This could mean relying on a cardiologist to diagnose and treat a heart attack, seeking emergency room treatment for a broken bone, or simply finding help at a walk-in clinic.
Unfortunately, some patients suffer injury and harm when seeking medical care. In fact, medical errors are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, and every year, more than 250,000 people die from medical negligence. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, nearly 4,000 medical malpractice cases are successfully closed in Florida every year.
If you have been injured, or a member of your family has been hurt or killed by the actions of a doctor, nurse, CNA, or medical professional, we can help. Review our free book before you decide to hire a Daytona Beach medical malpractice lawyer. Proving medical malpractice can be difficult, so it is important to know all the facts before proceeding with legal action.
Each day, health care providers are entrusted with the responsibility of treating the most vulnerable members of our society. When they fail to do so, they can – and should be held accountable for their negligence.
Unfortunately, proving medical negligence is difficult without the help of an experienced and skilled Florida medical malpractice attorney. After all, not every adverse medical outcome is considered malpractice.
In order to prove malpractice, your attorney must clearly establish the following:
- The medical professional owed the patient a duty of care
- The medical professional breached this duty of care
- The patient suffered harm as a result of this breach of care
- The harm resulted in specific damages
Most Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
The most common causes of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to diagnose
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Hospital-acquired infection
- Medication error
- Failure to monitor
- Birth injuries
The Problem with Walk-In Clinics
The days of having a designated family physician is a thing of the past for some people. With the rise of “convenient care,” walk-in clinics, and drop-in facilities, personalized treatment is on the decline. Unfortunately, many people who turn to these clinics don’t have any other choice. However, these kinds of “quick care” businesses often make misdiagnoses or fail to recognize serious and deadly medical conditions.
If you regularly seek help at a walk-in clinic or are considering it, here are some tips about what to know before you go.
- Not a Primary Care Physician – Walk-in clinics may be an option for last-minute care, but they shouldn’t replace your primary care physician (PCP). 95% of walk-in clinics are staffed by a nurse practitioner and not an actual physician. This can be problematic when diagnosing something rare or unusual. Most walk-in clinics also make it impossible to develop a doctor-patient relationship, which can significantly impact the quality of care you receive.
- Feeling Really Sick? – If you’re feeling really sick, a walk-in clinic is not your best option. Chest pains, shortness of breath, and dizziness are all examples of medical conditions that should be treated in a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Full Disclosure – Before you are seen by a walk-in clinic, make sure they fully disclose their scope of clinical practice. Do they see children regularly? Are they equipped to handle mental health issues?
- Let Your PCP Know – Even if you do decide to visit a walk-in clinic, it is wise to let your primary care physician know. This will allow your PCP to determine if further examination or treatment is necessary.
- Don’t Accept Referrals – If your walk-in clinic practitioner believes that you should be seen by a specialist, you should first consult with your PCP.
- Not a Solution for Long-Term Care – If you have a long-term illness or condition, a walk-in clinic is not the place for you. You need specific medical care to help you manage chronic diseases properly and ensure that complications do not arise.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or someone you love has sustained harm due to a physician, nurse, or medical professional negligence in Volusia or Flager counties, contact the Daytona Beach medical malpractice attorneys at Zimmet & Zimmet today. We can be reached at (386) 210-9901.