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MARTIN COUNTY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

First, don’t blindly accept every thing your doctor tells you about his plans for your treatment—whether it be a course of medication, invasive tests, or surgery. Here are some questions you can ask to give you the most information about what’s going to happen: Is what you’re planning the safest way to address my condition? What other options are available, and what are the risks of those?

Doctor’s Poor Recommendations

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Some doctors recommend treatments that—unfortunately—give them the most profit with the least amount of effort. There may be other treatments for your condition that your doctor won’t tell you about unless you ask. You need to know the facts.
If you’re going to have surgery, ask your doctor whether the anesthesiologist, the pathologist and the labs they use are covered under your insurance plan.

 Avoid Financial Surprises

Even though your insurance approved paying for your surgeon, often the anesthesiologist and others involved in your care do not take your insurance. Avoid surprises, like hefty medical bills you thought were covered. Ask first.
Ask your doctor how many times he’s done this procedure before.
I’ve had cases where a doctor has botched a procedure and later admitted to me he’s only done this a few times (Or in one terrifying instance—that was the first time he tried that procedure.) For example, for a laparoscopic procedure or a robotic surgical procedure, doctors often just attend a weekend workshop and do one or two procedures on cadavers before adding that to their own practice.)

Ask your doctor if he carries medical malpractice insurance?

In my experience, many doctors who don’t carry malpractice insurance are the ones with bad claims records and who can’t be insured. The Board of Medicine requires any doctor not carrying malpractice insurance to post a sign in their office. I’m not suggesting you avoid a doctor who doesn’t carry insurance, but you should know the facts and make an intelligent choice, should anything go wrong.

Ask your doctor if he/she is board certified in the area involved in your care

Board certification is the highest standard for a doctor in a particular medical specialty. It requires several years of practice, and usually a written and an oral test. Even though he/she may be board certified, make sure it’s in the specialty you’re being treated for I’ve seen doctors doing plastic surgery who are not board certified in that area, but are board certified in otolaryngology, for example. If your dermatologist plans on removing any lesions and doing the pathology examination himself, make sure that not only is he/she board certified in dermatology, but also in the sub-specialty of dermatopathology.

If you’re confused about the information you’re getting, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for a second opinion. Either have your doctor give you a referral to another doctor—NOT in the same practice—or find another doctor through referrals from friends. You need to have all your questions answered about your medical care.

SURGICAL INJURY OR DEATH

Surgical injury or death may be as a recognized complication, or it may be due to medical malpractice. Our experts can find out for you.

NEWBORN
BIRTH INJURY

Malpractice occurring during or just after birth of a baby can result in a lifetime of heartache and care, and such injuries should be investigated.

GIVE YOUR DOCTOR A CHECKUP

Find out your doctor’s educational background, credentials, board certification and prior claims.

BRAIN DAMAGE
OR DEATH

This can happen from a head injury, a bleed, a stroke or lack of oxygen to the brain, and can possibly be from medical malpractice.

SLIP AND FALL
INJURIES

Most falls in nursing homes or assisted living facilities can be prevented with proper safety measures and the proper attention of the intitution’s staff.

FREE
LIVING WILL

Be the Captain of your own medical decisions. You can prevent arguments among family members. Make decisions easy for your family. Ensure doctors follow your wishes.

WRONGFUL
DEATH

This is outrageous, five times as many Americans die every year from hospital/doctor mistakes than die from auto accidents.

NURSING HOME ELDERLY ABUSE

Unexplained injuries, bruises and other related injuries may be the result of nursing home abuse. These injuries are a felony under Florida law.

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WHO ARE

MY MARTIN COUNTY CLIENTS?

My Treasure Coast clients are people who have been seriously and permanently injured by medical/hospital errors; who have had family members die at the hands of incompetent doctors or nurses; whose elderly loved ones have been abused and mistreated by uncaring nursing home staff. Many cannot even leave their houses because of their injuries. Sometimes their computer is their only contact with the outside world. These are my people!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MARTIN COUNTY

Martin County History

The Indian River, Atlantic Ocean, and the South and North Forks of the St. Lucie River, along with numerous creeks, played significant roles in Martin County’s history. Local inhabitants and pioneers who settled in the area during the late 1800s relied on the water and all of its resources.

The Gulf Stream is located right off the coast and is an important shipping lane. Before the area was settled, in 1876, Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge was built on Hutchinson Island by the United States Government. A keeper was stationed there to provide shipwreck victims with assistance.

Homer Hine Stuart, Jr. bought land during the 1880s and constructed a house in the northern area of the St. Lucie River. Stuart donated land to be used for a railroad depot in exchange for the railway stop being named after him once the railway was brought down to Palm Beach form Florida’s east coast by Henry Flagler. At that time, the St. Lucie River did not have a vehicular bridge over it.

When Walter Kitching, the owner of a general store, was able to persuade Flagler officials to relocate the railroad depot to a spot by his general store, the south area of the river where the depot was located was named Stuart.

Once the Florida East Coast Railway came to the area, there was a dramatic change in pioneer life. With dependable transportation, it made it a lot easier to ship the major products of the region, including fish and pineapples, The tourist industry thrived and social life was centered around train arrivals which brought mail to the inhabitants.

Once the railway depot in Stuart had been relocated to the St. Lucie River’s south side, freight and passenger depots, boat docks, railway spurs, and ferry landing were the hub of early Stuart. Stuart’s Flagler Park these days is located in the former commercial center of the community. The only remaining traces from the past is the old General Merchandise Store, which is the Stuart Heritage Museum today.

The first tourists in the area were outdoorsmen who arrived to fish and hunt there. John Danforth, a Maine hunting guide, introduced a houseboat in the area that served as the first hotel in the area. He built his Danforth Hotel later. Another hotel called the Stuart Hotel evolved from the first combination store and post office established by Broster Kitching.

Grover Cleveland, the former President, discovered the good fishing in the region and stayed in the Danforth Hotel. Word of the great fishing in Stuart spread which led to other hotels, apartment houses, and boarding houses being built for accommodating tourists. Commercial fishing and boat building were altered to meet the needs of sports fishermen and tourists.

Once the Dixie Highway was completed that crossed the St. Lucie River in Stuart, it helped to create Florida’s Great Land Boom during the 1920s. The development frenzy came to the St. Lucie Region area as well. The Commercial Club lobbied for a new county to be created and key members traveled to Tallahassee in order to plead their cause. Once the decision was made to name their new county after John W. Martin, the incumbent governor, things started to fall in place.

Martin County became official on August 5, 1925. This Boom started to waver, so they scrapped plans for building a new courthouse and their new county government was relocated to an empty schoolhouse.

The Commercial Club became the Martin County Chamber of Commerce and in 1928 was officially incorporated. There were numerous challenges faced by the area. During the 1930s while the Great Depression was in force, the Federal Government helped to construct the courthouse’s art deco addition, the Log Cabin (that the entire community used), the Library, the Woman’s Club, and the Roosevelt Bridge.

Witham Field was built in Stuart during World War II for training Navy pilots as well as Camp Murphy, which was a 35-square-mile sprawling United States Army Signal School, that was constructed in Hobe Sound. On Hutchinson Island, Coast Guard facilities were expanded, and there were lookout towers were scattered across the area. Some servicemen married local area women and many of them return after the war to the region. Jonathan Dickinson State Park was established out of the huge acreage that had been Camp Murphy.

The local Chamber of Commerce made efforts to attract industry and tourists and also provide economic security. In 1941, an incredible sailfish run drew attention to all of the waste of the killing and getting rid of catches. A release system was developed to preserve the species.

Stuart promoted itself as being the World’s Sailfish Capital. Stuart Fishing Guides, which started to be published in 1935 by the Stuart Daily News and distributed by Stuart’s Chamber of Commerce help to attract thousands of people to the area. Ernest F. Lyons, the Stuart News longtime editor, was responsible for most of the writing and the Fishing Guides were full of local business ads. Lyons, who was an avid environmentalist and sportsman, help to inspire the local residents to preserve nature as well as enjoy it.

The Covid-19 Pandemic is Upon Us. Here are two free forms that will help you and your family:

Covid-19 can strike without warning and may put the victim in the hospital or even on a respirator, unable to make their health-care decisions themselves. Everyone should have a living will, which is a form to indicate what your health care decisions are should you become incapacitated and unable to make your wishes known to your family or doctors.

You should also designate someone to be your health care surrogate–someone to make your healthcare decisions for you if you cannot health care decisions are should you become incapacitated and unable to make your wishes known to your family or doctors.

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