As a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, I receive a lot of phone calls about medical malpractice claims. In 2002 there were almost 1.7 million claims of health care associated infections in the U.S. These claims resulted in a staggering 98,987 deaths. Over the past decade, hospitals have made great strides in providing a cleaner and safer environment for their patients but the Centers for Disease Control show figures that one in every twenty people that seek health care from a facility will still become infected with some type of infection during their visit. I use the term facility to include nursing homes, rehab centers, walk-in clinics, and outpatient surgical centers.
With these staggering figures, it is no wonder that our medical malpractice lawyer receives so many calls each week. Even though there are so many cases of these types of infections they are not the easiest cases to try in a court of law. It is often difficult to prove that the infection was initially acquired while visiting the health care facility. When a skillful lawyer is able to pinpoint that the infection was acquired at a given facility, the next step is to find out where that medical provider was negligent in their safety practices. This is one of the most important steps and will require a lot of work and discovery. This type of discovery was made even more difficult with the passage of HIPPA laws. These laws pertain to the rights of the individual to have their medical information kept private. Over the past decade many practices and procedures have been put in place by several major foundations that dictate how medical providers should keep their facilities. When they do not follow specific guidelines and policies they can open themselves up to numerous liability claims as these illnesses could have been prevented if the facility would have just followed these guidelines. A vast majority of the research that a skillful law firm will do is to determine what guidelines the hospital had in place and how were they followed. Then the medical malpractice lawyer will look to see how their processes and procedures differed from that of the normal procedures that were set forth by other institutions.
These types of cases are extremely expensive to try. That is why all of our medical malpractice lawsuits are done on a contingent fee basis. This means that we will front all of the costs and expenses so that you can rightfully hold accountable the people that were responsible for your injuries or even the death of your loved one. You will not owe us any fees unless we are successful in recovering a monetary claim for you.