Medical Malpractice

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. To make matters worse, a patient is often unaware that they were the victim of medical malpractice until it’s too late. 

While all states have laws to protect patients from medical malpractice, Florida is one of the most stringent when it comes to holding doctors accountable for their actions. At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, we have helped countless victims of medical negligence get the compensation they deserve.

But in order to understand how Florida medical malpractice laws work and what you can do if you’re injured due to a doctor’s mistake, it’s important to first learn more about this process. We invite you to keep reading for more information on this important topic.

How Laws Protect Patients

Medical malpractice is a legal action that alleges a medical professional has caused injury or death to a patient due to negligence, error, or other failures in the provision of healthcare. Florida medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients by ensuring that healthcare providers are held accountable for their actions.

Doctors and hospitals can be held liable for the harm they cause to patients through medical malpractice. When this happens, you have the right to file a lawsuit against them. In order to win your case, you have to show evidence that the doctor’s mistakes were responsible for your injury or death. Failing this is not an option; there are too many risks involved with going into surgery without knowing if your doctor has made any previous mistakes.

If you believe you’ve been harmed by a doctor’s mistake, talk with one of our attorneys about filing a suit against them. When you enlist our services, we will help you understand Florida medical malpractice laws and what your options are for seeking justice for what happened.

The Law on Medical Malpractice

As mentioned before, Florida is one of the most stringent states when it comes to holding doctors accountable for their mistakes. Patients in Florida who have been harmed by medical malpractice must be able to show that their doctor acted with a certain level of negligence. According to Florida law, “negligence” is defined as “a departure from an established standard and usual course of professional practice in a manner that creates an unreasonable risk of harm to health.”

  • Negligence can be classified as one of three levels:
  • A negligent act or omission
  • An act or omission which exceeds the limits of what would be a reasonable degree of care
  • An act or omission which falls below the standards usually accepted for similar professionals

While Florida has strict laws about medical malpractice, the goal is to make sure that patients have access to a doctor who is qualified and provides high-quality care. If a patient is injured because of a doctor’s mistake, they should be able to sue for damages.

In order for a lawsuit to go forward in Florida, you must prove that the mistake was not just an accident. You’ll need evidence that your doctor acted negligently and acted below the standard of care for their profession. 

There are many different types of medical malpractice claims in Florida, including but not limited to:

  • Emergency room errors 
  • Prescription errors 
  • Dental malpractice
  • Anesthesia errors 
  • Diagnostic errors 

It’s important to know what type of negligence caused your injury. Your attorney can assist you in gathering the necessary information regarding your claim. They will collect evidence, review medical records, interview witnesses, and negotiate with the insurance companies. It’s unlikely that the medical provider responsible for your injury will admit blame, so it’s crucial that you have an attorney in your corner fighting for your rights. If your lawsuit goes to trial, your attorney will represent you in court to get you the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.

Florida law requires that you file your lawsuit within two years if you are suing for wrongful death or medical malpractice. As such, it is advised that you seek legal counsel as soon as you are aware of your injury from medical malpractice. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner they can get to work building your case and seeking the maximum compensation for your injury.

Contact the Doctor Lawyer Firm if You Are a Victim of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can be a complex and challenging area of law. That’s why it’s so important to have a law firm on your side that’s knowledgeable and experienced in both law and medicine. At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, Attorneys Sowell and Doctor Chakour have extensive backgrounds in medical malpractice lawsuits. To ensure that you get the legal representation you deserve, contact the Doctor Lawyer Firm today. To get started, call 1-833-MedMals or complete our contact form.

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.