Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney
Negligence Involving the Long-Term Treatment of Patients
While some illnesses and injuries can be treated and resolved with a single visit to the doctor, many medical conditions require a longer course of care. When a doctor prescribes a treatment that lasts for an extended period of time, the doctor has an obligation to monitor the treatment and regularly follow-up with the patient to determine how the patient is progressing. If the doctor fails to properly keep abreast of the treatment and the patient’s health status, this can be a form of medical negligence.
If you or a loved one has been hurt because a physician or other health care provider failed to adequately monitor your health when you were receiving long-term treatment, a Florida medical malpractice attorney at our firm can review your case to determine if you may have a claim for medical malpractice. We are experienced medical malpractice professionals committed to protecting the rights of people who have been wrongfully injured due to the negligence of others.
How do I Know if I have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical malpractice can take many different forms. While most people associate negligent medical care with surgical errors, medication errors and missed diagnoses, medical malpractice can also occur when a medical treatment is being administered to a patient over a longer period. When a doctor or other health care provider has ordered an extended treatment, he or she must properly monitor the patient to ensure that the patient does not suffer any unexpected adverse side effects or other damages. When a patient is harmed because the doctor failed to keep tabs on the patient’s health status and response to treatment, the doctor may be held liable for medical negligence.
Like other medical malpractice cases in Florida, to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving the failure to follow-up and monitor long-term medical treatment, you must be able to prove the following four legal elements:
- Duty. You must demonstrate that a physician-patient relationship existed that created a duty on the part of your doctor to provide appropriate medical care and treatment.
- Breach. You must prove that the healthcare professional breached the duty owed to you by deviating from or following below the accepted standard of care.
- Causation. You must establish that the health care provider’s breach caused your injuries or other damages.
- Damages. You must be able to show that you suffered actual damages. Your damages can be economic (such as medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial damages) or non-economic (pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and other intangible injuries).
Proving these four elements is never easy and requires an attorney who has a strong command and understanding of how the courts in Florida handle medical malpractice cases. At The Florida Law Group, our lawyers have vast experience litigating a wide range of medical negligence claims, including long-term negligent treatment cases. We know what evidence to look for to support a claim for medical malpractice and our team will work to build a strong case from start to finish.
Contact a Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney If Your Doctor Failed to Properly Monitor Your Course of Treatment
If you think that you or someone you love has suffered harm because a health care provider failed to properly monitor and follow-up on a long-term course of treatment, you should discuss your case with a Florida medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. The Florida Law Group offers free consultations where we will carefully analyze your case to determine whether you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. Call our Florida law offices today at 833-352-5297 to schedule a case review with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.