You go to the doctor to get better, trusting him or her to diagnose, treat, and monitor you appropriately. Unfortunately, not all health care providers give their patients the quality of care they deserve and sometimes they cause more harm than good. When a health care provider’s negligence causes you injury, you have a right to feel upset—and to hold the provider financially responsible for your losses and expenses.
To determine if you qualify to file a medical malpractice claim, call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine and speak to a Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyer today, free of charge: 800-747-3733. We can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What types of cases qualify as medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice can describe a variety of cases. Our attorneys and support staff at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine handle a broad spectrum of medical malpractice cases in Jacksonville and throughout Florida.
Some of the most common types of medical negligence cases we assist clients with include:
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis;
- Wrong-site, wrong-procedure, and wrong-patient surgeries;
- Leaving surgical items inside of a patient;
- Failure to warn a patient of the risks of a procedure or treatment;
- Wrong medication, contraindicated medications, and dosage errors; and
- Pregnancy and labor and delivery
Do I have a valid medical malpractice case?
Like other types of personal injury cases, you must be able to establish negligence to win a medical malpractice claim. The doctor must have treated you in a substandard way that fell short of the normal standard of care that other doctors would have given you under the same circumstances. All medical professionals must meet certain training and credential criteria to practice medicine. They must also adhere to specific standards and procedures. It is when they fall short of these standards and make unreasonable errors that medical negligence occurs.
For example, let’s say a patient goes to his doctor with signs of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, like a tell-tale rash, fever, vomiting, and aches. The doctor fails to recognize the signs, misdiagnoses the patient as having a general virus, and sends him home. The patient’s true illness remains untreated and he dies as a result. Because the doctor should have recognized the disease, she will probably qualify as negligent.
If you need help determining if your case qualifies, contact us today. Our attorneys can provide a free case evaluation to see if you have a valid medical malpractice claim.
Do I need a medical malpractice lawyer?
Medical malpractice cases are exceptionally complex. They require detailed investigation and collection of evidence, third-party medical analyses, and strict adherence to legal and insurance protocols. These are things that our lawyers at Anidjar & Levine are specifically trained to do.
Plus, many health care providers, clinics, and hospitals—and their malpractice insurance companies—hire a team of lawyers to defend against malpractice cases. They often try to skirt liability and divert the blame elsewhere so that they do not have to pay victims. It would be intimidating for a patient to go head-to-head with the insurance attorneys and most people simply do not know how to deal with technical issues like defenses, procedures, documentation, negotiation, and proceedings.
Our Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyers can assist with every aspect of your case, from the initial investigation to the settlement or trial. We will take care of all the documents, correspondence, meetings, and legal details and advocate for your rights so you can focus on healing.
Keep in mind that medical malpractice cases can range in value from tens of thousands to millions of dollars. Because there is so much on the line, it is in your best interest to get a lawyer’s advice before taking action. Our attorneys will fight for the highest compensation possible on your behalf.
What types of damages can I collect for a medical malpractice claim?
The goal of a medical malpractice claim is to make you whole again, which means returning you to the same financial situation you would be in if the injury had never happened. When making a medical malpractice claim, you can pursue compensation for all your losses and expenses related to the injury. That includes your current and future financial losses as well as non-monetary losses like emotional and psychological suffering.
When you work with our firm, we will create a detailed, comprehensive list of your losses so that we can fight for full recovery. We will start by listening to your story, reviewing your medical files, and taking the time to fully understand your physical and mental injuries and how they are impacting your life. We will also talk to medical experts to get a clear picture of what your future medical needs will entail so we can include them in the demand for damages we send to the insurer.
We can help you recover damages for things such as:
- Medical expenses and rehabilitation;
- Future surgeries or other procedures to correct the mistake;
- Loss of wages;
- Disability ;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Mental anguish.
Is there a time limit on when I can file a case?
Florida’s statute of limitations for most medical malpractice cases is two years from the date of the mistake, or from the date you realized or should have realized the mistake. Failing to file within the allotted time will nullify your rights to compensation, so avoid procrastinating. The sooner you begin the claims process, the more time we will have to collect evidence and prepare your case.
How can I contact a Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyer?
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we are ready to get to work to win you the damages you need to recover from your injury. We do not charge for our legal services unless we win your case, and since our fees are simply taken from your settlement or verdict, you do not have to worry about paying anything out-of-pocket.
That way, you have access to excellent legal representation and can have an advocate by your side during the process, without having to worry about financial concerns.
Let our firm get to work on your case today. Call 800-747-3733 to get started.