Claims for Delayed Treatment
Our Fort Walton Beach Delayed Treatment Lawyers Help You Pursue Compensation
For many patients, timely treatment is essential to their recovery. Delays in treatment will often lead to unnecessary complications, and in some cases, they can have permanent or life-threatening consequences. Unfortunately, delayed treatment is a common form of medical malpractice, and many patients and families find themselves needing to file claims for just compensation.
In many circumstances, delays in treatment are the result of delayed diagnoses. When a patient seeks care at a hospital, clinic, doctor’s office or other health care provider, the provider has a duty to provide a timely and accurate diagnosis. Failure to provide a timely diagnosis can also constitute malpractice, and patients and families can seek just compensation for all of the financial and non-financial costs of their provider’s mistake.
What Constitutes an Unacceptable Delay in Treatment?
Similar to other types of medical malpractice, delayed treatment cases are judged by whether the patient’s provider met the requisite standard of care. If a delay in care was unavoidable (i.e., because the patient waited to seek treatment), the provider is not liable. However, if a delay in care could have been avoided with an appropriate level of care, the delay can give rise to a claim for medical malpractice.
Some examples of potential grounds for medical malpractice claims involving delayed treatment include:
- Failure to provide emergency medical care when needed
- Failure to intubate in a timely manner
- Failure to administer medication in a timely manner
- Failure to timely perform surgery
- Failure to provide appropriate treatment for cancer, heart disease or another illness
- Failure to provide timely care due to a delayed diagnosis
Proving “Causation” in Delayed Treatment Florida Medical Malpractice Cases
In addition to proving an inexcusable delay, it is also necessary to prove that the delay resulted in harm. Even if a health care provider negligently delays treatment, it will not support a medical malpractice claim if it is not to blame for the patient’s condition. This is known as “causation.” Causation is a key element of medical malpractice claims in Florida, and health care providers (and their insurance companies) will frequently argue that patients’ evidence of causation is lacking.
Our delayed treatment lawyers are intimately familiar with the insurance companies’ defense tactics, and we have decades of experience helping patients and families recover just compensation. If a delay in treatment is to blame for your (or your loved one’s) condition, we can prove it, and we can use our experience to accurately calculate your losses, negotiate for a fair settlement and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Speak with a Medical Negligence Lawyer in Fort Walton Beach
Do you have a medical malpractice claim for delayed treatment in Fort Walton Beach? To find out, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer at Searcy Denney. You can reach us 24/7, so call 888-549-7011 or tell us about your case online now.