Diagnoses Lead To Unnecessary Treatment
A Florida doctor allegedly falsely diagnosed several patients with illnesses they did not have, including cancer, and caused them to undergo treatments they did not need, including radiation therapy. According to reports, the doctor falsely diagnosed patients with skin cancer and then recommended the radiation therapy that was not medically necessary, and that entailed a lengthy and expensive process. One of the patients, who obviously trusted their doctor to provide competent and sound medical advice and care, decided to have surgery instead of a second round of treatment recommended by the doctor, and suffered further injury from an infected wound.
Can You Trust Your Doctor?
While this unfortunate circumstance is extreme, it is sadly not an isolated incident. Though this seems to go beyond just an accidental misdiagnosis, the issue of medical malpractice often arises as a result of a doctor incorrectly diagnosing a patient; negligence is usually the underlying issue instead of intentional actions. When we go to our medical professionals for advice and treatment, we expect them to provide us with a certain level of care and trust them to know what is wrong, if anything. What happens if they do not provide the appropriate care? Do patients have any recourse?
Medical Malpractice – Recovery For Substandard Care
When a medical professional fails to meet an appropriate standard of care, a patient may need to look into whether there is basis for a medical malpractice action. The standard of care differs depending upon the specific medical scenario, but generally it is the level of care which is recognized as appropriate by healthcare providers offering the same type of care and treatment. If the medical provider is negligent in meeting that standard of care, and the patient suffers harm as a result of this failure, the patient may be able to recover for the injury and loss through a medical malpractice action. Chapter 766 of the Florida Code sets forth the law regarding medical malpractice actions in the State of Florida. Because of the complexity of these matters, it often becomes necessary to rely on expert witnesses in various capacities throughout the course of a lawsuit to show the elements of medical malpractice exist.
Have You Been Injured By Substandard Medical Care? Boone & Davis Can Help
If you have suffered injury as a result of medical malpractice, you need to speak with an attorney experienced in these matters to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to receive. At Boone & Davis, our Fort Lauderdale attorneys have been helping clients pursue actions against medical professionals to whom they entrusted their health concerns and who failed to provide the proper level of care for their medical needs, causing them injury. Our team of legal professionals has, through decades of handling these types of cases, developed an extensive network of medical experts who are able to provide the expert testimony on which medical malpractice lawsuits are decided. When you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney representing your best interests, turn to the professionals at Boone & Davis. Contact us now either online or by phone at 954.556.5260 and schedule your free consultation today.