By Osborne & Francis
October 25, 2023

How Do Medical Errors Affect Patients?

A medical error that has caused or exacerbated an injury or illness can have a profound psychological impact on a patient, compromise their finances, and reduce their quality of life, in addition to damaging their physical health. 

These types of losses are deserving of acknowledgement and compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. When a trusted medical professional has committed a reckless error, they may be held liable for these costs.

The medical malpractice attorneys of Osborne & Francis understand that one mistake by a medical professional can radically alter the course of your life. Our team is prepared to go above and beyond to hold the negligent party accountable for both the immediate losses you are experiencing, and the costs you will incur over a lifetime. 

You can schedule a free consultation by reaching out to us at (561) 678-0156 or contact our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando.

Medical Errors Can Irreparably Harm a Person’s Quality of Life

Loss of quality of life is considered a non-economic damage, as it is a subjective emotional cost. However, for many people who suffer injuries caused by medical errors, the deterioration of their quality of life is one of the most significant challenges they face. 

For example, a surgical error that damages the spinal cord may result in a patient being no longer able to dress, shower, walk, or feed themself independently. 

Even if you are capable of basic daily tasks, your medical malpractice injury may leave you fatigued or in pain, limiting your ability to enjoy your life. Perhaps you are no longer able to pick up your children, go for a run, or drive to see friends. The loss of comfort and independence can even lead to mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression

Negligent Medical Mistakes Can Lead to Financial Instability

Medical debt is one of the most common contributors to financial insecurity in the U.S. After being injured by a physician’s negligence, you may be facing bills for services like lab tests, medical imaging like MRIs, medication, and surgery. 

Chronic illness or severe injury may require you to hire a home healthcare aide to attend to your medical needs. Many people who have sustained significant injury from medical errors also rely on mobility aids like canes or wheelchairs to navigate their daily life, which can prove expensive to acquire.

As medical malpractice attorneys, we often see clients who are burdened with the costs of recovery extending beyond straightforward medical bills. For example, you may have to hire outside help to do your laundry, cook for you, or drive you to appointments. You may also have transportation costs for gas, Ubers, or bus fare to see specialists or attend physical therapy. These costs can be compensated in a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Medical Errors Compromise Long Term Physical Health

We trust medical providers to be thorough, careful, and informed when treating our illnesses or injuries. They are held to providing the standard of care for their patients, which means that when they make mistakes that another provider with similar experience would not have made, it may be considered medical malpractice

Medical malpractice error can irreparably damage in terms of mobility, respiratory or cardiovascular health, and even brain or nerve damage.

For example, say that your provider fitted you with the wrong size hip implant. As a result, you have bone and muscle damage. In order to correct the mistake, you need revision surgery, which leads to an infection. The infection becomes sepsis, which permanently weakens your heart. Now, you are left to deal with additional physical limitations which could have been avoided.

Wrongful Death Claims and Medical Malpractice

The unexpected death of a loved one can have long-term financial and emotional ramifications for the deceased’s family. The family may have lost the primary breadwinner and a source of emotional support due to a negligent medical provider’s error. Common damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include:

For example, let’s say that a physician failed to diagnose a patient’s cancer until it was in a terminal stage. Now, the patient’s children are without the emotional support and guidance of a parent, the spouse has to take on the logistics of raising the children on their own, and the household is down an income just as medical bills are accumulating. 

Had the medical provider fulfilled the standard of care and run the appropriate diagnostic tests, the cancer could have been found earlier, avoiding the patient’s death and the family’s expenses.

Why Should I Choose Osborne & Francis to Represent Me?

Medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult to litigate as they often involve dense medical language, and a high standard for liability. Not every personal injury attorney is qualified to take on a medical malpractice lawsuit. At Osborne & Francis, we specialize in medical malpractice claims, as evidenced by our case results for injured clients.

Our award-winning team will review your medical records, investigate your claim, record your damages, and fight for a fair settlement that is reflective of their value. For a clear picture of how you can expect to be treated by the medical malpractice attorneys of Osborne & Francis, we encourage you to read our clients testimonials

Osborne & Francis Has Years of Experience Handling Medical Malpractice Claims

When you’re in the midst of recovering from a medical malpractice error, you need a personal injury lawyer you can depend on to aggressively seek compensation on your behalf. At Osborne & Francis, we have cultivated the resources and expertise to effectively negotiate for maximum compensation for our injured clients.

You deserve to be represented by a medical malpractice lawyer who is invested not only in the outcome of your case, but the experience you have during the claims process. The personal injury lawyers of Osborne & Francis can be relied upon to communicate clearly, investigate thoroughly, and negotiate aggressively for the compensation you deserve, even if that means going to trial.

If your medical provider has failed to offer the standard of care and caused further harm, you should consider exploring your legal options to hold them responsible. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation by reaching out to us at (561) 678-0156 or contact our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando

The medical malpractice attorneys of Osborne & Francis look forward to providing you with the legal insight and support you need to navigate the personal injury claims process. 

Erica F.

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

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