Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
Founder of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.

Miami and Florida Hospital Malpractice Negligence Attorney J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo

Florida is now the third most populous state in the country, with about 2.6 million residents (1). As can be expected, many Floridians need emergency or routine hospital care. Thankfully, Florida has numerous hospitals to serve the population. According to the Florida Hospital Association:

  • There are 315 hospitals in Florida
  • In 2015, a whopping 2.7 million patients were discharged from Florida’s hospitals (2)

But that only tells part of the story. An incredibly large number of patients lose their lives or sustain unnecessary health complications in hospitals due to medical negligence and malpractice. Many of these patients never leave the hospital alive, due to avoidable medical errors.

  • Over 250,000 people lose their lives each year in the country due to avoidable medical errors (3)
  • Many of these deaths occur in hospitals (exact number unrevealed)

Victims of Hospital Negligence May Pursue Compensation

If you were treated in a hospital and sustained an injury, illness, surgical error, infection or other complication as a result of the hospital’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. If a loved one lost their life from hospital negligence, legal heirs may pursue a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit.

Liability in Florida Hospital Negligence Cases

Who works in Florida’s hospitals?

  • 51,071 – number of physicians in Florida, 2016
  • 286,264 – number of licensed RN’s, 2015
  • 85,567 – number of LPN’s, 2015
  • 32,400 – number of pharmacists, 2015 (2)

Who is responsible for hospital medical errors? It depends on the specific circumstances of the case. Doctors are often independent contractors who work in hospitals but are not necessarily employed by them. However, doctors may be fully, partially or jointly liable. As well, hospitals may be fully, partially or jointly liable.

  • In cases where hospital employees such as nurses, technicians, therapists, pharmacists, and others are negligent, the hospital is often fully liable

Examples of Hospital Negligence

A short list of examples of hospital negligence includes, but certainly is not limited to the following:

  • Emergency room errors
  • Failure to see patient in a timely manner
  • Unnecessary surgery, or surgery to the wrong body part
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Malfunctioning medical instruments or equipment
  • Incorrect medication or dosage; harmful or fatal reaction to medication
  • IV infiltration errors
  • Foreign substances left in body
  • Unsanitary medical instruments causing infections or illness
  • Blood transfusion errors – improperly handled or labeled blood
  • Misinterpretation of tests, scans, bloodwork, etc.
  • All others – speak to Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo about your hospital negligence details

Hospital Negligence Cases in South Florida, Miami and Throughout Florida

Medical malpractice cases are generally extremely complex. Every case is unique and must be carefully analyzed, reviewed and researched by a qualified hospital negligence attorney. Further, every medical malpractice case will involve a qualified medical expert. If you believe a hospital employee negligently harmed you, you may very well have an actionable medical malpractice case against the hospital.

Hospital Negligence Cases Allow for the Pursuit of Compensatory Damages

Claimants may pursue compensation in the form of economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are those that can be quantified, such as past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, lost earning capacity and much more. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of marital companionship, loss of consortium and so forth. Punitive damages may be applicable in cases where extremely reckless, intentional or egregious wrongdoing was involved, such as a doctor performing surgery while intoxicated.

When a victim dies as a result of hospital negligence, the legal heirs, which may include the spouse, parents and children, as well as others allowed by statute, may pursue damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo will answer all of your questions and explain this to you in detail.

Law Offices of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A., Representing Hospital Negligence Victims in Miami and Florida

Because of the complexity of hospital negligence and medical malpractice cases, it is absolutely essential to obtain legal representation from a highly qualified, experienced and effective medical malpractice attorney. Attorney J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo is a plaintiff’s attorney who has committed his life to helping his clients get the financial compensation and justice they deserve from the negligent wrongdoers. He believes if a victim is wronged, the responsible party should be held accountable to help make them whole again. Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo provides aggressive and compassionate legal representation.

Hospital negligence and other medical malpractice cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis. There are no legal fees unless and until Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo settles your case or wins at trial. 

You can reach Miami Medical Malpractice Attorney J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email J.P. directly at [email protected].

Source

1. http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045216/12

2. Florida Hospital Association - http://www.fha.org/reports-and-resources/facts-and-stats.asp

3. https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/03/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death/