Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis Lawyers in South Florida
The Most Common Form of Medical Malpractice in Hollywood Florida
One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is an error or mistake in diagnosis. An improper diagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to identify the presence of a disease or notes the presence of a disease when the patient is in fact healthy. Diseases that go undetected can result in debilitating and permanent personal injury or even wrongful death. For example, a delayed diagnosis of cancer can result in the spread of the disease to a point beyond which medical intervention can help. The progression of a disease can result in substantially higher medical bills, pain and suffering for the patient and his or her loved ones and even death.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a diagnostic error by a medical professional, call the medical malpractice Rosen & Ohr, P.A. today at (954) 981-1852 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options. We are here to serve you, and with more than 45 years of combined legal experience our diagnosis error law firm will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Our offices in Hollywood, Fla. represent accident victims in all areas of South Florida, including, but not limited to Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Aventura, Hallandale, Ft. Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Miami, Sunny Isles, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Broward County, Dade County, and Palm Beach County.
- Ovarian cancer
- Heart disease, including acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary embolism
- Broken Bones
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Gastric issues
The failure to diagnose a condition may be caused by improper treatment and testing or by the failure to recognize a patient’s symptoms due to lack of experience, competence, or attentiveness on the part of the doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff. While even doctors make mistakes, patients should not have to pay the physical and financial price for those errors.
Prior Case Examples Handled by Our Firm: Delayed Diagnosis Medical Malpractice
Our firm represented the family of a 26-year-old wife and mother of two children who decided for safety reasons to have four wisdom teeth pulled at Hollywood Memorial Hospital rather than at her oral surgeon’s office. The hospital had an operating suite consisting of eight operating rooms. A nurse anesthetist administered the anesthesia. Unfortunately, the patient had an adverse reaction to the medication. The nurse anesthetist improperly thought more anesthesia was needed and administered a more powerful sedative. That was a serious error because our client was actually suffering from a cardiac problem. More on Anesthesia Errors.
Following this improper diagnosis and treatment, our client’s blood pressure dropped substantially, requiring that she be electrically defibrillated on four occasions. She died two days after the surgery, leaving behind her husband and two children.
The hospital and anesthesiologist were sued. The case went to a full trial. At the time of the surgery, the American Society of Anesthesiologists required the presence of an anesthesiologist in the operating room during eight important events, including induction of anesthesia. The anesthesiologist took the position that his presence in the operating suite, which consisted of eight individual operating rooms, was sufficient to satisfy the ASA requirement. The jury disagreed, siding with our clients and awarding a substantial verdict to them.
In another case handled by our firm, a wife and mother of three children unnecessarily became a widow after her husband went in for an elective laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery. Before surgery, he was advised by his doctor to discontinue the anticoagulant medicine he was taking for a mild heart condition. While the surgery was being performed, the surgeon cut his liver bed and did not realize it.
After the surgery, the cardiologist insisted that our client’s husband begin his anti-coagulant medications again. These medications have the effect of thinning your blood so as not to allow the formation of blood clots after surgery. However, because the surgeon cut the patient’s liver bed, this medication caused his internal bleeding to accelerate and intensify.
There are tell-tale signs of internal bleeding that physicians should be looking out for after any surgery and our client was clearly exhibiting many, if not all, of these signs. However, both the surgeon and the cardiologist missed it. They kept looking for other causes of this man’s rapidly deteriorating health condition despite all signs pointing to an obvious internal bleed. By the time they realized their mistake, it was too late. Our client’s husband died in the operating room, being prepared for the simple surgery that would have saved his life.
Through a successful mediation, the surgeon paid out his entire insurance policy limits to the family. However, the cardiologist denied any fault. Ronald Rosen was preparing for a trial against that cardiologist when a few days before trial, the cardiologist offered, and eventually paid, a substantial and confidential sum to see that this family’s needs would be met for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical diagnostic error and malpractice, you may be entitled to damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensation. Call the South Florida Error Attorneys at Rosen & Ohr, P.A. today at (954) 981-1852, or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we will not receive a fee unless you receive monetary compensation.
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