Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice affects thousands of people each year, causing them serious permanent injury, pain, suffering, lost wages and even death.

While medical practitioners such as physicians, nurses and medical staff provide important services, individuals entrusted to their care have the right to obtain compensation when they are injured by medical malpractice.


What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice for the state of Florida is defined as:

“ A Medical professional not adhering to the standard of care required of medical professionals in their field under the circumstances”

In simpler terms, the medical professional did something unreasonable or failed to do something that was reasonable.  In other words, the medical professional acted in a way that no reasonable medical professional would do in the same situation.

Simply having an injury or a bad outcome from a medical procedure or treatment is not enough to prove medical malpractice. Rather, you need to prove that the injury or bad outcome was caused by the failure of the medical professionals to act reasonably and appropriately.

Examples of medical malpractice may include a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose a disease, premature discharge from a medical provider's care, surgical or procedure errors, or leaving a foreign object in a patient.

What is the Standard of Care?

Standard of care is the level of treatment a competent health care practitioner would be expected to provide to any patient who is facing similar circumstances.  Many factors are considered within the legal system to determine if the standard of care has been provided. And an expert testimony is generally required to prove a violation of the standard of care.

Wrongful Death Due to Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death is one of the most severe and tragic types of cases as it involves the loss of life. A wrongful death and a medical malpractice case can be extremely complicated as it involves two different sets of laws. Some examples of wrongful death in a medical setting include death due to improper dosage, premature discharge, unnecessary surgery and others.  You can read more about wrongful death actions in Florida here.

In any of the cases above, you may seek damages for injuries you or a loved one sustained at the hands of a medical professional. At Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock, our skilled attorneys can help you clarify and provide direction about a possible case you may have. We will work with you to build your case and seek justice and compensation for your injuries.

Impacts of Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals play a vital role in our society, helping us to overcome medical issues and live longer, healthier lives. However, when doctors or nurses harm their patients through clinical negligence or medical mistakes, they can cause serious damage or even death. Victims of medical malpractice may experience any number of injuries as a result including permanent disability, loss of a limb, chronic pain, disfiguring scars or death.


The significant costs of dealing with these injuries can put a financial strain on patients and their loved ones. Many injuries from medical negligence require expensive ongoing treatment and maintenance, as well as costly medical equipment, medications or long-term nursing and rehabilitative care.

Mental Toll

Medical malpractice can also exert a large mental and emotional toll on the lives of the people they affect. Some individuals experience chronic stress, anxiety or depression which can leave them unable to function.

Even with health insurance, many victims of medical malpractice find their coverage does not pay for all the associated costs of treatment for their injuries. Many victims of malpractice may no longer be able to work or otherwise provide for their families.

What to Do if You Suspect Malpractice

If you suspect you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice the time to act is now. If you wait you could risk further injury or even death. Additionally, you must file a claim within a certain time period otherwise you may not be eligible for compensation.

Ask Questions

First, ask questions. You have every right to know what treatments your healthcare providers are recommending and the potential risks associated with them. If something does not sound right to you it is okay to seek another opinion. Your health and wellbeing is the number one priority.

Protect Yourself

Second, protect yourself. If possible, switch doctors/specialists. Do not neglect your health but be sure to distance yourself from the situation or medical practitioner that you feel is endangering you or your loved one.

Get Your Medical Records

Third, obtain your medical records. This information will be useful for future medical providers. It will give them the necessary information to continue caring for you. Additionally, obtaining this information will protect your records from being altered. It may also help build your case in the event you want to press charges.

Document Your New Medical Care

Fourth, keep a record of your medical care, injuries, and discharge care. Not only is this beneficial in case you are unable to obtain your medical records, but it can help you remember details that may be important to building your legal claim.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Fifth, contact a trusted attorney within your state's statute of limitations. In other words, you must file a claim within a certain period of time. Starting from the incident in question, in order to be eligible for compensation.

TWWH Helps Victims of Medical Malpractice

Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock help victims in Florida seek compensation for their injuries. We help our clients deal with complicated medical issues such as getting compensation for large medical bills and daily living needs. We can also help you with seeking reimbursement for lost wages. lost earning capacity, seeking compensation for future medical bills and medical needs. Our team can also help with insurance companies and government assistance programs in an effort to help navigate the many real-world problems created by medical malpractice.

Our legal team assists clients injured by medical professionals making the wrong diagnosis or providing improper treatment. Injuries from medical malpractice may also be caused by unnecessary delays in treatment or failing to administer the proper medication.

Call the Attorneys at Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock in Pensacola.

Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with complicated medical malpractice cases in Florida. We have the extensive scientific and medical knowledge needed to help our clients seek favorable outcomes. We have a deep understanding of Florida law pertaining to these types of cases.

If you or a loved one suspect you are the victim(s) of medical malpractice. Do not hesitate to use our free consultation to see if you qualify for compensation. You deserve protection and compensation from medical mishaps. We want to help and have the knowledge to do so.

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