You suffered an injury due to a doctor or hospital’s negligence, and now you want to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. How long do you have to do this from the time of your injury? It’s a common question, and it’s also a very important one. Waiting too long could eventually disqualify you from seeking compensation, but how long is too long? Let’s find out.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Florida
To determine how long you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida, we first need to establish what medical malpractice means. Medical malpractice is the negligence of a doctor or hospital that results in the injury or death of a patient.
There are many examples of medical malpractice, as lawsuits often differ and have unique circumstances. But there are some common examples that tend to be more prevalent than others. Let’s look at a few to give you a better understanding of negligence.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
A wrong diagnosis might mean additional medicine, pain, and medical expenses. A misdiagnosis of your injury means that your doctor or another healthcare provider incorrectly diagnosed your health condition.
Mistakes during operation may cause you serious injury. In some cases, death may even occur. Surgical errors are too frequent, leading to the need for additional operations and causing harm to the patient.
Anesthesia is the use of specialized medication to prevent the patient from feeling pain during surgery. Anesthesia errors do not frequently occur due to such a short consciousness time. But they can and do happen.
Medication errors include incorrect prescriptions, administration, or dispensing of medicines for treatment. They can cause unnecessary pain and suffering or even lead to death.
Childbirth injuries also happen rather frequently. In fact, out of every 1,000 children born in the United States, seven suffer birth injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Florida?
As per Florida Statute 95.11(4)(b), you have two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit from the date that you discovered the injury. That means it is imperative that you seek legal counsel as soon as you find out you were injured by your physician or medical provider.
Some injuries aren’t readily apparent, and there may be an exception in certain circumstances. On that note, there are very few exceptions to this statute, so acting fast can ensure that you don’t miss out on getting the compensation you deserve.
Seek Legal Counsel Right Away
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be challenging, complex, and overwhelming for patients. That’s why it’s so important to have a qualified attorney to guide and direct you. That’s where the trusted names at the Doctor Lawyer Firm come in.
We are your trusted advocates for malpractice claims and will fight to make sure that those responsible for your injury are held accountable. What’s more, we work hard to see to it that our clients receive the maximum compensation for their damages.
A medical malpractice lawsuit generally allows only a short window of time, so it’s important that you act fast. Delaying your case could result in more pain and suffering and additional medical expenses. When you call the Doctor Lawyer Firm in Florida, you can look forward to knowledgeable, compassionate legal counsel that puts your best interests first.
Contact us today so we can get your medical malpractice lawsuit started. The sooner we begin your case, to sooner you stand to get the compensation you deserve.
Legal and Medical Experience You Can Trust
Matthew Sowell is one of the few Florida lawyers certified by the Florida Bar and the American Board of Professional Liability. He is also the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group. Over the years, Matt has won millions of dollars in verdicts, ensuring that his clients are awarded the compensation they deserve in challenging medical malpractice cases.
Fadi Chakour is a former medical doctor who left the field to practice law in medical malpractice litigation. As a doctor, he treated many patients and loved ones who were injured due to the negligence of other physicians. Fadi’s combined medical and legal knowledge makes him a powerful advocate for injured people who are victims of medical negligence.
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If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice and wish to file a complaint, contact the Doctor Lawyer Firm today. The medical malpractice attorney team of Sowell & Chakour has decades of combined experience to assist with your medical-related legal matters. Call today at 1-833-MedMals or fill out their online contact form to get started.
The information in this blog post is for reference only and not legal advice. As such, you should not decide whether to contact a lawyer based on the information in this blog post. Moreover, there is no lawyer-client relationship resulting from this blog post, nor should any such relationship be implied. If you need legal counsel, please consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.