Suffered Medical Negligence? You May Have a Claim
Medical malpractice is far more common than most people know. In fact, medical errors are the third most common cause of death in the USA, according to an article published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). In Palatka, and across the nation, most of us trust our medical providers, and rarely think about the potential of a serious medical error – until the damage is already done. These cases can occur in one of many locations in the city, from walk-in clinics, to urgent care centers, to medical and dental offices, or in the ER. Most people suffering serious injuries in the city will go to one of the area hospitals or transported to a larger facility nearby:
- Putnam Community Medical Center
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center
- Flagler Hospital
- Mayo Clinic
When any medical professional makes a wrong decision, or fails to take action as appropriate for the symptoms being presented, the physical condition or illness will worsen. In fact, people who have not been treated with the accepted standard of care are at high risk of death. Certain cancers present specific symptoms, and when treated early can be resolved, but if left without treatment can lead to disaster. A recent study reveals that diagnostic errors affect about 12 million adults in the USA every year. Certain types of illnesses are frequently misdiagnosed, including the following:
- Heart attacks
- Lyme disease
- Celiac disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
If a heart attack or stroke is not diagnosed correctly, it can spell disaster for the patient. Women present a different set of symptoms, and may be told they are fine, given a painkiller and sent home while suffering a heart attack. A thorough medical evaluation should be performed on any patient presenting the known symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. The same holds true for cancer symptoms. Early intervention can save a life – when a medical facility, ER staff, cardiologist or other medical professional fails to administer the appropriate tests, and the condition worsens or the person dies, it is time to speak with a Palatka medical malpractice lawyer from our firm.
Medical Negligence: Your Life Could be at Risk
Any medical professional who fails to administer the accepted standard of care, and as a result, the patient suffers further medical consequences, must be held accountable. These cases are not easy to litigate; hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals are covered by malpractice insurance. The insurance companies engage expensive teams of lawyer to fight any claim or lawsuit; after all, their reputations – and income — are at stake. Success in medical malpractice cases will take an exceptional level of skill, as well as access to respected medical experts to present a compelling case that can win. We are committed to leveling the playing field for regular people who have suffered injuries at the hands of health providers in Palatka. Health Grades reports that Putnam Community Medical Center has had 4 events related to leaving foreign objects in the body in a surgery or procedure.
Contact Farah & Farah in Palatka
There are countless ways a medical professional or facility can make a tragic error. It is the patient and their families that must live with the consequences. At Farah & Farah, Our Palatka personal injury attorneys are prepared to evaluate your case and advise you – at no cost. When we take on your case, you will pay no upfront fees. We provide our legal services on a contingency basis – you owe no legal fees unless we win. Call (386) 478-7156 now for the professional legal counsel you deserve.