When it comes to finding a Tampa personal injury attorney in the areas of medical malpractice and legal malpractice, there is only one organization that is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in those fields. This organization is called The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, or ABPLA.
The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys was established in 1972. This national organization is made up of professional negligence attorneys. A professional negligence attorney is one who will represent you when you have sustained damages because of the negligence of a physician, hospital, dentist, accountant, insurer, or other professional. A professional negligence attorney can even help you if you feel you’ve been wronged by another attorney.
For example, an ABPLA board certified medical malpractice attorney is one who would handle cases involving hospitals, doctors, or other health care professionals who cause injury to a patient through a careless act. The patient may be injured by a wrong diagnosis, a mistake during treatment, the failure to treat a patient when it’s medically necessary, or a problem during aftercare.
When hiring a Tampa personal injury attorney to represent you in a medical malpractice case, your claim must meet certain guidelines. For instance, you must be able to prove that negligence caused the injury. In addition, the injury must result in significant damages such as permanent disability, loss of income, unusual pain, or large medical bills. Cases of medical negligence might involve:
- Misreading, ignoring, or failing to complete lab tests
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Sending patients home without providing proper care
- Failing to monitor a patient after surgery
- Delaying treatment because of understaffing or holidays
Before you decide on hiring a Tampa personal injury attorney for medical malpractice, you should verify that the attorney is an ABPLA board certified medical malpractice attorney. Attorneys that are board certified by the ABPLA have been evaluated for experience, ethics, education, examination, and excellence and have met the ABPLA’s rigorous standards.
At Clark and Martino, P.A., you will be able to meet with a Tampa personal injury attorney who is board certified by the ABPLA. Please call or e-mail us for more information about consulting with Clark and Martino, P.A., about your medical malpractice case.