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Medical Malpractice
February 2, 2020 admin

Medical Malpractice

No one expects to be harmed by a doctor or healthcare provider. While many healthcare professionals do a good job, far too many healthcare providers cause serious personal injuries to patients. This includes wrongful deaths, where preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind only heart disease and cancer. Victims of medical malpractice could suffer catastrophic and life-changing injuries due to these preventable medical errors, especially birth injuries. Despite being so deadly, insurance companies aggressively defend healthcare providers like no other type of claim. Often, insurance companies blame the victim—even a baby—for their injuries rather than take responsibility for a deadly or dangerous doctor. This isn’t right.

At Schlacter Law, we fight back at insurance companies protecting dangerous healthcare providers over you. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including $2,076,758, $1,625,0000, $825,000, $800,000, $790,000, and $775,000 in major personal injury accidents. We make sure that insurance companies do not take advantage of our clients by blaming them for the accident or minimizing their catastrophic medical malpractice injuries. We offer a FREE consultation, and, if we accept your case, we will aggressively pursue your case, which may include hiring industry-leading professionals and medical experts to prove your case. There is no risk to ask for our help because we only get paid when we recover compensation for you. Call our award-winning law firm by dialing (305) 999-1111 or fill out a free case evaluation to discover what our medical malpractice lawyer at Schlacter Law can do for you.

Why Schlacter Law is Different Than Other Law Firms

When a healthcare provider’s mistakes made your condition worse or caused serious harm to you or a loved one, you need to hire a medical malpractice lawyer and not just any personal injury lawyer. There are special rules for medical malpractice cases that make them significantly more complicated. Most medical malpractice cases are against multiple defenses which means multiple defense lawyers. Insurance companies hire the best and largest teams of medical malpractice defense lawyers to stonewall injured victims.

In addition to needing to know the law better than multiple defense lawyers, your lawyer needs to know the medicine better than the defendant’s doctors. This is done through education and experience handling complicated medical cases as well as having consultations with leading medical experts. This is where medical malpractice cases are won and lost. Here at Schlacter Law, our award-winning firm can fight back at whatever the insurance companies throw at us to make sure you recover the compensation that you deserve.

Types of Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle

We handle any medical malpractice claim where victims were seriously or catastrophically injured and a doctor or healthcare provider deviated from the acceptable standard of care. Some of the cases that our law firm would handle include the following:

  • Birth injuries
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Hospital falls
  • PCA pump failures
  • Misdiagnosis of cancer, stroke, heart attack, or other conditions
  • Infections or sepsis
  • Wrong-site surgeries or wrong-patient surgeries
  • Medication errors or overdoses
  • Patient neglect or abuse
  • Wrongful death
  • Any other medical malpractice mistakes

What is My Medical Malpractice Claim Worth?

Under Florida law, damages are the measure of relief that a victim may be entitled to in a lawsuit. Personal injury victims are usually awarded monetary compensation for their damages. This means that victims may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Past pain and suffering from the date of the accident to the date of settlement or award
  • Future pain and suffering from the date of the recovery to the rest of the life of the victim
  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Lost wages from the accident or medical treatment
  • Lost future earnings if the victim is unable to return to the same line of work
  • Loss of consortium and services from loved ones
  • Loss of life’s enjoyment
  • Wrongful death if the victim passes away due to medical malpractice
  • Any other damages caused by the injury

The amount of a settlement or jury award varies and depends greatly on many factors, including the facts of the case and the extent of your injuries. Expenses such as medical bills, car repair bills, lost wages, and other monetary losses can help start the process. Determining your compensation for pain and suffering is more difficult and is generally what is reasonable compensation for your injuries. There are many ways to calculate the pain and suffering component. Some lawyers take a multiple of the medical bills. For example, if your medical bills are $100,000, the pain and suffering award could be three times that amount at $300,000. Some lawyers only present a fair number depending on many factors such as the severity of the case, the jury, the judge and the insurance company. At Schlacter Law our goal is to maximize this amount, putting more money in our clients’ pockets.

There is No Risk to Get Schlacter Law to Fight for Your Patient Rights

Medical malpractice cases are usually more difficult and take longer to handle, especially without a medical malpractice lawyer. Here at Schlacter Law, we only make it more difficult for the insurance companies protecting their dangerous healthcare providers and doctors. If you suffered personal injuries due to the negligence of a healthcare provider or facility, call our medical malpractice lawyer at Schlacter Law for a FREE consultation to learn what your case may be worth and how we can start protecting your rights to compensation today.

How We Handle Cases

  1. Investigation
    • Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
    • You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
  2. Negotiation
    • Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
    • Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
  3. Litigation
    • If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
    • At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know I was harmed by a healthcare provider?

Unfortunately, you might not. Often, healthcare providers will hide their mistakes from you by claiming your complication or injury was a “normal risk” of the surgery, “natural consequence,” or an “accepted risk” of a procedure. Other times a healthcare provider will claim your injuries were too severe to allow you to fully recover, which is contrary to what the providers were telling you before your procedure. If your outcome was not what you expected or you suffered injuries under the care of a doctor or healthcare provider, ask yourself if any of these excuses sound familiar. Ask Schlacter Law to review your case for FREE to determine whether you have been wronged by a negligent healthcare provider.

How long do I have to commence a medical malpractice claim in Florida?

Two years from the date that the medical malpractice was discovered or should have reasonably been discovered. For birth injuries, a family may have until the child’s eighth birthday to commence an action. There are some extensions or “tolls” to these rules, but there are also some instances when these rules are shortened. Always get a medical malpractice lawyer to review your case as soon as you are able to do so.

How much does a medical malpractice lawyer cost?

Nothing upfront! That is the benefit of using a law firm like Schlacter Law. Under Florida law, plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases must have a medical expert opining that the defendant or defendants did commit medical malpractice which caused a victim’s injuries. This can be very expensive, but our law firm will pay those fees for the expert if we accept your case. You only owe our law firm after we collect compensation for you through a settlement or award.

Reviews

barbara gendler
I just resolved my case. I had an amazing experience and they always answered myquestions. I would highly recommend them.
Anthony Quackenbush, Esq.
Brett Schlacter is one of the best lawyers I know. I am a fellow attorney and work with Brett on cases. I have always been impressed with the work he does. Brett goes above and beyond to help his clients, and I think that many of his clients consider him not only their attorney but also their friend. I would not hesitate for one second to refer a client to Brett. I could not give a higher recommendation than I am giving for Brett!