Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Medical Malpractice Lawyer Joe Zarzaur
When you or a loved one is in need of medical attention, the expectation is that medical professionals will provide the most appropriate and responsible care for your specific illness or surgical procedure.
Sometimes however, either by mistake or negligence, doctors fail to meet the standard of care that is expected and required of the medical profession.
Medical malpractice cases can be challenging and complex, and many lawyers choose not to take them. You need an expert.
Medical malpractice lawyer Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has returned record-setting verdicts for his clients.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Joe Zarzaur and Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Evan Malone discuss the surprising reason why hospitals can be dangerous to your health:
Medical Malpractice is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States
Many people would be shocked to learn that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. But it’s an unfortunate fact. A 2013 study in the Journal of Patient Safety found that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die annually at least in part because of a medical mistake. According to a 2010 report by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, in the span of one year, flawed or inadequate hospital care contributed to the wrongful death of 180,000 patients in the Medicare system alone.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a wide-ranging field covering situations in which a healthcare provider fails to deliver the standard of care that is in keeping with accepted medical practices and procedures. The healthcare provider can be anyone involved in the chain of providing medical services, including: doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, technicians and others. The error can result from a hospital, physician, nurse, pharmacist, technician or anyone else involved in the chain of providing healthcare.
What are some examples of medical malpractice?
Examples of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Hospital negligence
- Nursing home abuse
- Pharmacy errors
- Defective drugs & devices
- Physician negligence
- Surgical mistakes
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Emergency room errors
Florida Medical Malpractice Law
Florida laws require that physicians, like all other professionals, perform their jobs in a reasonable manner. When a doctor fails to perform their specific job in a reasonable manner they can be said to have committed medical malpractice.
This determination however, is generally only one-third of the analysis performed when determining whether or not a client has a potential medical malpractice case. The other two-thirds are whether the medical malpractice actually caused an injury or death and whether such injury has resulted in catastrophic injuries and damages.
These complexities are just one of the many reasons it’s important to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice lawyer like Joe Zarzaur.
Medical malpractice cases are some of the most challenging to handle and many lawyers choose not to take them. Typically these cases cost the firm handling them between $100,000 and $200,000 (not including legal fees). Since these costs are advanced by Zarzaur Law and other similar firms, these matters are thoroughly evaluated prior to acceptance by the firm and are only taken when the firm feels that all characteristics of a good medical malpractice case are very strong and compelling.
If you think you may have a medical malpractice case, you need an expert on your side. Contact us today.