6 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Florida
Florida medical malpractice lawsuits resulting from negligence come in many forms. However, the common ground is that a patient suffered an injury because they did not receive the standard level of care. To help you understand medical negligence in Florida, our skilled attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori Gander explore the state’s most common types of medical malpractice lawsuits.
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Doctors and other medical professionals are legally required to provide the standard level of care expected of their positions to their patients. When they fail to do this, patients can suffer life-changing injuries, severe disabilities, and emotional distress. Some families even lose a loved one due to serious medical mistakes.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice may be more prevalent than you might think. Studies have shown that medical errors happen often enough to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. In Florida, there were 1,277 malpractice payments made in the state in 2022 alone. Our medical malpractice attorneys with Freedland Harwin Valori Gander explain the most common types of medical injury due to malpractice in Florida.
Types of Medical Malpractice
According to American Medical Association survey data of medical malpractice statistics, 31 percent of doctors in the United States have been sued during their careers. Here is more information on negligence lawsuits caused by medical errors.
Surgical errors happen when a surgeon does not complete the procedure according to industry standards. The data collected from the American Medical Association shares that general surgeons are among the physicians most likely to be sued. On average, there are 193 legal claims per 100 general surgeons in this survey sample, showing that many of these physicians are sued more than once.
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in this survey sample, showing that many of these physicians are sued more than once.
In Florida, one of the largest medical malpractice payouts was $9,850,000 in 2022 for improper performance related to surgery. Records show this physician also had a payout of 2,250,000 in Florida for failure to perform a preoperative evaluation in 2021.
The lawyers at Freedland Harwin Valori Gander have handled hundreds of cases involving surgical errors, including surgeries involving orthopedics, cardiothoracic surgeries, laparoscopic surgeries, gynecologic surgeries, endovascular surgeries and many others.
Doctors and other health care professionals may fail to order the right tests or refer their patients to a specialist, which could lead to a delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose. According to a recent study, 795,000 Americans are permanently disabled or die yearly due to misdiagnosed diseases.
Another study shows that diagnostic errors comprise about 28 percent of all medical malpractice claims in the United States. Specifically in Florida, data confirms that failure to diagnose is the state’s most frequent type of medical malpractice claim.
For examples, we have experience handling cases where patients have presented to the emergency room or physicians office with signs and symptoms of a stroke and the healthcare providers failed to diagnose the stroke on a timely basis. In failure to diagnose stroke cases, we retain world-class experts in the fields of emergency medicine, neurology, radiology and endovascular surgery.
While pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices play a crucial role in our health care system, some of these products do not work as intended and end up hurting patients. Study results published in the Journal of Healthcare Engineering found a shocking 58 percent of six high-risk medical devices failed a performance test, while many others did not meet safety requirements.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the number of medical device injuries and malfunctions published by the Food and Drug Administration were underreported. Between 2014 and 2017, there were actually 481,000 medical device failures.
Hospital-acquired infections can happen when health care workers do not follow the proper procedures to wash their hands, sterilize equipment, or recognize signs of infection in patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 31 hospital patients suffers an infection associated with health care daily.
Medication errors lead to 700,000 visits to emergency rooms and 120,000 cases of hospitalization annually.
Florida Today reports that medication errors lead to 700,000 visits to emergency rooms and 120,000 cases of hospitalization annually. These mistakes may include administering the wrong drug, failing to give the right dosage, and not updating the patient’s records.
A recent study found that between 7,000 to 9,000 Americans die every year because of medication errors. Thousands more patients also experience complications and adverse reactions to medication.
Our firm recently obtained a 20.2 million dollar verdict on behalf of a widow and her child when a physician improperly prescribed massive dosages of Dilaudid and caused the patient to have opioid-induced respiratory depression that took his life.
Of the 10 largest medical payouts in Florida between 2004 and 2022, half are birth injuries, including the following:
Birth trauma cases are some of the most heavily defended malpractice cases, and at FHVG, we bring a team of experienced lawyers, staff and experts that are familiar with the defense tactics in these cases.
What Are the Main Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case?
The main elements or four D’s of medical malpractice negligence are: