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Q: Can a doctor be held responsible for misdiagnosed cancer?

A: Every day, we rely on doctors to know more than we do. Never is this more important than when we go in for a cancer screening-when we are told we are cancer-free, we will believe the diagnosis and go about our lives.

This is why a West Palm Beach Cancer Misdiagnosis is a particularly harmful form of medical malpractice. A patient’s chances of survival are severely reduced as the stages of cancer progress. For example, a patient being treated for late-stage cancer has 80% less chance of survival than a patient whose cancer was detected early.

Doctors may be held liable if they have:

  • Demonstrated a poor standard of care
  • Misread or misinterpreted test results
  • Failed to biopsy, aspirate or test a suspicious lump to rule out a breast cancer diagnosis
  • Declined to order hospital scans or further testing because it was “unnecessary” or “expensive

If your doctor’s negligence delayed your cancer treatment, we can help you seek justice and stop your physician from making the same mistake again. Contact Fetterman & Associates today to get started on your West Palm Beach medical malpractice case.

Q: How is “wrongful death” different from murder?

A: Unlike a murder case, a Florida wrongful death case is usually a result of negligence. A person has died as a result of neglect or by the direct actions of another.

Murder is legally defined as the killing of another human being with malicious intent. Many wrongful deaths are caused accidentally, and are therefore not malicious. This is taken into consideration into the way the cases are tried: murder is a criminal offense, while wrongful death is argued in a civil lawsuit.

A wrongful death may arise as a result of Florida medical malpractice. For instance, if a doctor failed to perform adequate testing for a condition and a patient died as a result, the patient’s survivors could sue for wrongful death. The doctor could not be tried for murder, as the failure to provide testing was not purposeful, and the doctor did not intend to cause harm.

A murder case may also arise if there is a possibility for gain. A wrongful death case may develop into a murder case, such as a loved one in a Florida nursing home left to die intentionally after leaving a substantial amount to a hospital attendant in his will. However, such cases are rare and are usually due to simple neglect.

Just because your loved one was killed in an accident does not mean there is no fault. If someone you love has died as a result of negligence, contact Fetterman & Associates for advice from an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney.

Q: My fiancée was seriously hurt in a drunk driving accident in West Palm Beach. He later died in the hospital. Can I file a wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused the crash?

A: First, we want to extend our condolences for your loss. We can only imagine how difficult this time must be for you.

In Florida, the “survivors” who can obtain damages in a wrongful death suit include the surviving spouse, children and parents, as well as blood relatives or adopted siblings who are dependant on the decedent for support or services.

Unfortunately, the Florida Wrongful Death Statute does not list a fiancée as an eligible survivor. Our wrongful death lawyers at Fetterman & Associates advocate on behalf of family members in this situation. Contact us online or call 561-845-2510 today to see how we can help.

Q: What are some warning signs of medical malpractice?

A: We put a lot of trust into our doctors. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes – and those mistakes can put your health at risk. So how can you tell if your doctor is guilty of medical malpractice?

Did the doctor ask if you had any questions?

Patients are often confused, scared or shocked after a diagnosis. Your doctor should prompt you for questions on your condition and your treatment to make sure you are fully aware of your situation and the risks of your continuing care.

Did the medical staff answer your questions to your satisfaction?

When you asked your caregivers about your condition, did they answer you completely? Were you informed of all types of treatment, as well as other possible diagnoses? Did they answer all of your questions patiently, rather than being dismissive or disrespectful?

Did you get better with treatment?

If your condition was misdiagnosed, then the course of treatment you have been prescribed could be ineffective. If your condition does not get better–or gets worse–after treatment begins, your doctor should actively re-evaluate both your diagnosis and treatment and keep you constantly informed while doing so.

Did your physician follow up with you?

If you received treatment, a medical procedure or a new prescription, your doctor should contact you within days to check up on your condition. Failure to do so is negligence on his part, as it indicates that he is not invested in your care. If your doctor failed to perform his duty, he may be guilty of negligence. For a free consultation on your case, Call Florida medical malpractice attorney at 561-845-2510 today at Fetterman & Associates.

Q: Can bicycle helmets really prevent brain injuries?

A: West Palm Beach bicycle accidents are a common occurrence; they can cause serious injuries as a result—including head injuries. According to the center for disease control and prevention, upwards of 500,000 people in the United States are treated in the emergency room due to bicycle-related injuries. Perhaps even more shockingly: more than 700 people die due to this fun, exercise-oriented hobby each year.

If you or a loved one has experienced injuries related to a serious bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney.

Bicycle Helmets and Serious Brain Injuries

Injuries due to bicycle accidents can be caused by a variety of factors; however, most cases involve drivers who did not see or were not aware of the cyclist. Due to the sheer size of a car and the vulnerable nature of those on bicycles, it is more than advisable to take advantage of every safety feature available.

According to recent statistics released by Safe Kids USA, Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 75 percent while offering substantial protection to the face and forehead. In addition, brain injury may be reduced by as much as 88 percent with proper bicycle helmet use.

Currently, 21 states as well as the District of Columbia have enacted some form of bicycle helmet legislation.

You May be Due Compensation

If your bicycle accident was due to the negligence or careless driving of another individual, you could be entitled to compensation.

If you or your family has experienced a serious bicycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510.

Q: Should I call a lawyer if my medical condition was misdiagnosed?

A: Definitely. Due to the high rate of misdiagnosis in hospitals, medical staff will often keep you “in the dark” if they realized they have made a mistake. They may try to convince you that such errors are common, and while this may be true, it does not excuse the suffering you endured from their mistake.

An experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney can get access to records, timelines, and diagnostic tests to prove that your care was not handled properly. The hospital may try to cover up its mistake, or avoid your attempts to get information-but they cannot ignore a call from an attorney.

Getting advice from an attorney makes sense-especially when the right West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorney won’t charge you for your consultation, and won’t charge any legal fees until you win a settlement in your case. When you’re in pain and legal help is free, why shouldn’t you ask for it?

If a physician put you at risk due to their negligence, Fetterman & Associates could win you compensation for your suffering. Call our offices today at 561-845-2510.

Q: Who is responsible for medical costs if a car accident causes paraplegia?

A: Partial or total paralysis of the lower extremities called paraplegia frequently occurs due to a traumatic spinal cord injury. These injuries are frequently sustained during instances where a sudden force or impact occurs, such as a car accident. There are about 10,000 new spinal cord injuries in the United States every year.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious accident in Florida, contact an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney. Our dedicated legal professionals understand the financial burdens that accompany a prognosis of paraplegia, such as home adjustments and expensive, ongoing medical bills. They will help to protect your rights as a victim and get the financial relief you deserve.

Multiple Parties May Be Liable

In a car accident, liability for pain, suffering, physical and mental damage, lost wages and medical bills may be assigned to multiple parties.

For example: if you were in a serious car accident and the other driver was convicted of DUI, the other driver (or his or her insurance company), the establishment that sold the driver the alcohol, and the manufacturers might all be pursued for compensation.

The factors involved in personal injury cases and car accidents may be extremely complex; proving your case can be even more so. Without the right knowledge, expertise and knowhow behind your efforts, you may literally be walking away from money that is yours by right.

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Don’t deal with a serious West Palm Beach accident resulting in paraplegia alone

Q: Do I need an attorney for my bicycle accident personal injury case?

A: There are numerous factors involved in serious bicycle accidents; however, due to size differential and visibility difficulties, serious bicycle accidents are often due to motorists unaware of cyclists or driver negligence. Cyclists are also likely to sustain more serious injuries, such as head traumas, due to bicycle accidents.

Even though cyclists are likely to sustain traumatic injuries from bicycle accidents, settlement rates for cyclists are typically much lower from insurance companies. Recent studies show that compensation for the same type of injuries suffered in car accidents were 30% to 40% higher than settlements for cyclists suffering the same serious injuries.

If your bicycle accident was due to the negligence or careless driving of another individual, you are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical and other costs. If you or a loved one has experienced injuries related to a serious bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney. They will help identify the best course of action to protect your rights.

Don’t deal with a serious West Palm Beach bicycle accident alone. Fighting insurance companies for personal injury claims related to bicycle accidents can be very difficult—resulting in lost time, frustration, and possibly a loss in compensation. If you or your family has experienced a serious bicycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510.

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