Gainesville Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice describes the mistakes, negligence, or incompetence of a healthcare professional that harms a patient. Medical practitioners owe high standards of care to patients according to the rules and accepted practices in the industry. Any breach of these duties, resulting in patient injury, illness, or death, is malpractice. Contact our Gainesville medical malpractice attorneys today to discuss your specific case. You could be eligible for compensation from the at-fault doctor, hospital, or another party.
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida
Medical malpractice can take many different shapes and forms. If another physician in the same circumstances would have done something else to prevent patient harm, the defendant is likely guilty of malpractice. It is up to the plaintiff to prove the defendant did not uphold a duty of care, and that this negligence caused the alleged injuries. Knowing the most common types of medical malpractice can help you understand whether you have a claim. They include:
- Medication errors: Doctors prescribing the incorrect medication, nurses administering the wrong dosage or to the wrong patient, or pharmacies filling prescriptions wrong are all examples of medication mistakes.
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis: Physicians have a duty to listen to patients’ symptoms, research them, and come to a logical conclusion based on the process of elimination. While the doctor doesn’t have to be right the first time every time, if another doctor could have made the diagnosis, it may be malpractice.
- Surgical errors: Mistakes during surgery such as too little or too much anesthesia, a surgeon operating on the wrong body part or wrong patient, or a surgeon negligently making a mistake such as nicking an artery can result in lawsuits.
- Birth injuries: Incompetence or carelessness during the labor and delivery processes can cause injuries or wrongful death to mother and/or child. Brain injuries, infections, severe jaundice, and broken bones could all stem from malpractice.
You have a two-year statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim in the state of Florida. The deadline starts from the date of the malpractice or the date you discover your injuries if they differ. For example, if a surgeon leaves a cotton ball inside of a patient, but the patient doesn’t notice the error until five years later when the ball causes an internal injury, the patient would have two years from the date he or she discovered the injury. Contact our Gainesville medical malpractice lawyers to discuss the timeline for your particular case.
How Can Our Attorneys Help?
It isn’t easy to go up against a major hospital, emergency room, surgical center, or other healthcare facilities in Gainesville. An attorney can help balance the scales between patient and defendant. In addition, medical malpractice claims in Florida have special filing requirements. Before you can file, you must provide a notice of intent to sue to the healthcare provider. This notice must include a signed affidavit from a medical expert supporting the merit of your claim.
Florida enforces a $500,000 maximum cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The attorney you choose to represent you can make a big difference in the amount of compensation you receive in a settlement or verdict. The Gainesville medical malpractice lawyers at Fischer Redavid PLLC have the experience and commitment to see you through a medical malpractice claim in Gainesville. No matter what type of malpractice, the severity of injuries, or facility you wish to go up against, trust us with your case for outstanding results.
When you retain Fischer Redavid PLLC, you won’t have to worry about anything except getting better. We’ll handle all aspects of your claim, from investigating the incident to helping you prove fault in front of a judge and jury. We will do everything we can to make sure your family gets the results you deserve. We don’t charge legal fees unless we win.