Anytime an individual has an operation, he or she is at risk to develop an infection. There are many ways an infection can occur, most commonly when the hospital staff does not make sure the operating room is a sterile environment before and during the operation, as well as when wounds or scars are not properly bandaged post-surgery. If you have received an infection due to the negligence of medical staff, you may have a valid personal injury claim, and it would be in your best interest to contact a Fort Lauderdale failure to treat infection attorney.
Complications After Surgery
Infections are usually accompanied by a combination of a fever, pain, fatigue, swelling, redness, and drainage of pus. Some of the most common infections and post-operation complications experienced in Broward County are:
- Wound infections
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Blood Clots
Medical operations come with an inherent risk of potential complications. It is the responsibility of the surgeon and medical staff to do everything they can to prevent complications. If complications do arise, it is the healthcare provider’s duty to treat them appropriately. Failure to treat an infection can lead to amputation, the development of diseases, or even death.
Recovering Damages after Post-Surgery Complication
If negligence on the part of the physician or staff leads to the patient developing an infection, having an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed infection, or experiencing any other types of post-operation complications, the patient could have legal grounds to file a civil suit against the hospital for medical malpractice.
If you and your Broward County personal injury attorney elect to file a medical malpractice suit against the healthcare provider, you could be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Decreased quality of life
- Lost wages
- Current Medical bills
- Future Medical Bills
- Mental Anguish
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
In order to recover damages in a medical malpractice claim, your attorney must prove that the healthcare provider’s actions were negligent and they were the real or proximate cause of your infection/complications. If your attorney is able to prove this by a preponderance of the evidence (at least 51% of the evidence weighs in your favor), you may be awarded damages in civil court.
Frequently Asked Questions About Failure To Treat Infection Lawsuits
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim is two years from the date of the injury or the date that the negligence was discovered. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time frame, you may be barred from doing so.
In order to succeed in a medical malpractice lawsuit, one of the elements you must be able to prove is that the healthcare provider who treated you breached the applicable standard of care. The standard of care is defined as the level of care that a reasonably competent healthcare provider would have provided under the same or similar circumstances.
In some cases, patients sign consent forms indicating that they understand the risks associated with a particular medical treatment. However, this does not necessarily mean that they have given up their right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit if something goes wrong. If you have been injured or have developed an infection as a result of medical negligence, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to discuss your legal options.
Get Help From a Dedicated Fort Lauderdale Failure To Treat Infection Attorney
Lisa Levine is an experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorney dedicated to representing clients who have been harmed by another’s negligent behavior. If a medical professional has failed to treat or prevent your infection and it has led to unnecessary pain and suffering, we can help you. With offices in Broward County, Lisa S. Levine P.A. provides quality legal representation throughout the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Weston, Pompano Beach, and Hollywood.
Contact Lisa Levine today at (954) 256-1820 to discuss your case. We offer free initial consultations to go over the details of your claim, and you won’t be charged for anything if a financial recovery is not made in your negligence claim.