Medical malpractice happens when a doctor, nurse or other health care practitioner causes harm to a patient by a negligent act. Before a patient can sue a doctor or nurse, Florida law requires that another doctor, nurse or similar health care provider sign an affidavit that there has been medical malpractice. At Badgley Law Group we partner with medical expert witnesses to help build a winning case. An example of this collaboration would be working with an infectious disease expert, in a case where you or your loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice relating to an infectious disease condition.
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The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Jeffrey S. Badgley of Orlando, Florida has been certified as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 5000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S lawyers are members.
Delayed diagnosis of cancer is the leading culprit in the category of delayed diagnosis that we see in medical malpractice cases. When a doctor ignores the warning signs of cancer, or fails to order the correct tests, then the patient may lose their life or health as a result of medical malpractice. Early diagnosis of cancer is the key to survival for many forms of cancer. Delay in diagnosis is as a related form of diagnostic error. It is defined as a non-optimal interval of time between the onset of symptoms, identification, and initiation of treatment. Examples may be medication, lab work, physical therapy and the list goes on. (see The Joint Commissions’ Office of Quality and Safety)
Upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer, undergoing cancer treatment can be a long and arduous process. The treatment of cancer should begin soon after diagnosis, but for many cancers, it is possible to wait a few weeks to begin treatment. Getting a second opinion may be recommended. The diagnosis of cancer is scary for any patient. But a delay in diagnosis can result in decreased chances of survival. It can also cause a more difficult and protracted treatment process. By seeking the best medical treatment, you can avoid a delayed cancer diagnosis, which we often see in our clients’ medical malpractice cases.
The Orlando Chapter 13 bankruptcy court has established a new program for helping those who are drowning in student loan debt. Student loans represent a special debt problem, because once you take out a student loan, very few things can be done to keep you from paying it back. You are required to repay your loans, and you cannot claim that you have no responsibility to repay your loan. It is only in very rare circumstances that permit your loans to be forgiven, cancelled, or possibly discharged in a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.