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Medical negligence is a significant problem across America. According to a study in the journal Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, over 250,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors, making this the third-leading cause of death in the country. Many of these errors are preventable.

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Medical errors can take many forms. Wrong site surgery, preventable infections, drug errors, and other instances of negligence lead to complications and even fatalities. Today, though, let’s take a closer look at another common cause of medical malpractice claims: delayed care.

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Patients go to the emergency room when they’re suffering serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries, including strokes, broken bones, appendicitis, and other conditions. These patients expect timely, quality care.

In some cases, however, the outcomes are not what patients want. Delayed care, misdiagnosis, and other problems can occur in the ER.

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When someone goes to a Florida emergency room, of course they expect excellent care during what can be a life-threatening situation. Florida hospitals and healthcare are some of the best in the world. Unfortunately, the busyness of ERs can mean malpractice can happen.

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We go to clinics and health facilities to get medical care and to heal from illnesses and injuries. Most of us don’t expect to get injured or ill in a doctor’s office or hospital, but it does happen.

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Medical facilities of all kinds are expected to care for their patients and visitors. This means taking care of building maintenance, hiring security guards where needed, and working to provide a safe facility for patients. When they fail to do this, they can be held liable if someone is injured.

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While medical advancements create a safer environment for mothers and infants during pregnancy, labor, and the birth process, negligence and recklessness on the part of healthcare workers can cause serious injuries to an infant and mother. Far too many families are affected by serious injuries, some having lasting effects on a child’s development and future.

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Research has shown that women are far more likely to be misdiagnosed when compared with men. Women are 50% more likely than men to be misdiagnosed if they have a heart attack and 30% more likely than men to be misdiagnosed after a stroke. In addition, conditions that affect women, such as fibroids or endometriosis, can take ten years or longer to accurately diagnose, even though these diseases affect one in ten women.

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Doctors have an obligation to provide good care to all their patients, and that includes the half of patients that are women. When doctors do not take women’s care seriously and women suffer serious complications or fatalities, medical professionals can and should be held accountable.

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The risk of misdiagnosis, medical malpractice, and now exposure to COVID-19, are serious concerns for anyone who is going to a clinic or hospital for medical care. Of course, we all see medical experts to get better and to get quality medical care. Unfortunately, negligence, recklessness, and even mistakes in a medical setting can result in serious complications, injuries, and even fatalities.

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As a patient, you have rights. You also have the ability to reduce your risk in a few key ways:

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Medical malpractice claims in southern Florida are intended to help protect patients who have been injured due to the recklessness and negligence of medical professionals. Medical malpractice claims arise when someone is misdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, or suffers another issue caused by recklessness or negligence. If you have a doctor-patient relationship and a doctor causes injury through their actions, you may have a claim.

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Right now, medical malpractice claims are more complex. With the COVID-19 pandemic, some patients believe they have contacted COVID-19 in a hospital or clinic setting. However, they don’t always know whether they have a strong claim. In addition, with hospitals sometimes overrun and with patients worried about the coronavirus, some patients find that their care is being delayed or is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They, too, wonder if they have a legal claim.

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, patients in Hollywood who suffered from misdiagnosis may have pursued a medical malpractice claim. These claims were possible if a doctor treating a patient did not meet expected standards of care and the patient was injured as a result. In cases of cancer and other deadly illnesses, a patient could possibly suffer significant harm and even fatalities because of a misdiagnosis.

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With COVID-19, unfortunately, misdiagnosis continues to be a concern. The symptoms of COVID-19 include high fever, coughing, and respiratory problems. However, the illness is new and understanding of this coronavirus is imperfect. Authorities have found that some patients have a rash or have atypical symptoms. Some have no symptoms at all. This has made diagnosis difficult.

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If you have been injured after visiting a Hollywood or South Florida hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office, you may think you have a medical malpractice claim, especially if your injuries resulted in complications or extra medical bills. In reality, medical malpractice claims can be extremely complex and difficult to prove, even in cases where it appears clear that negligence occurred and that devastating injury resulted.

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There are many reasons why proving medical malpractice claims is difficult in Hollywood and in Florida:

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