Are you a victim of medical malpractice? If a healthcare professional’s negligence caused or worsened your injury or illness, you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases in Florida
Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional causes harm to a patient due to medical negligence. That is, the defendant fails to follow the standard of care expected of other reasonable healthcare practitioners under similar circumstances.
Common types of medical malpractice cases include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Surgical mistakes
- Hospital-acquired infection
- Lack of informed consent
- Medication errors
Who May Be Liable in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Doctors are not the only type of healthcare practitioner that may be liable for medical malpractice. The parties that may be liable for medical malpractice include:
- Nurse practitioners
The above list is a summary of the many health care professionals with whom you may interact. Other medical professionals may be liable if their medical negligence caused you injury.
Call 1-800-747-3733 if you believe you have a medical malpractice case against a healthcare practitioner and would like a free case evaluation.
Medical Malpractice Claim Requirements
There are some necessary criteria your case must meet to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice.
You Had a Doctor-Patient Relationship With the Healthcare Practitioner
The healthcare practitioner must have owed you a duty of care. In other words, you had a doctor-patient relationship with a doctor, whether that was your primary care doctor or an emergency room doctor, or any other healthcare practitioner with a duty to care for and treat you.
The Doctor Was Negligent
You must be able to prove the doctor failed to follow the standard of care expected of other reasonable healthcare practitioners under similar circumstances. A medical expert may testify regarding whether the defendant followed the standard of care.
Medical Negligence Caused You Harm
The medical practitioner’s negligence must have caused or worsened your injuries or illness or otherwise caused you harm. If a doctor was negligent but it caused you no harm, then it may not qualify as medical malpractice. Evidence such as medical records, expert testimony, and more may help connect the defendant’s negligence to your injuries or illness.
You Suffered Damages as a Result of Your Injuries or Illness
You must be able to prove you suffered damages as a result of the doctor’s negligence and your injuries or illness. Some examples of damages that may be recoverable in a medical malpractice case include:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of other employment benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
Other damages may be recoverable as well depending on the details of your case. An attorney at our firm may be able to value your case and establish the various elements of medical malpractice.
File Your Medical Malpractice Claim Within the Statute of Limitations
There is a limited time for a victim to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida. According to the Florida Statutes regarding malpractice:
- An action must be filed within two years of the date of the incident; or
- A lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date the incident was discovered or should have been discovered.
However, you generally cannot file a lawsuit for medical malpractice more than four years after the incident, with some exceptions.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation regarding your medical malpractice claim and to get started before the statute of limitations expires.
How Anidjar & Levine May Be Able to Help After Medical Malpractice
If you have a medical malpractice case, the legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help you in several ways, including:
- Handle all legal paperwork and processes – We can file your insurance claim or lawsuit and navigate the legal process for you so you can focus on getting better.
- Seek medical expertise – We may secure testimony from medical experts to establish that the defendant violated the standard of care and caused you harm.
- Help schedule appointments – Our team can help schedule appointments as they relate to your medical malpractice case.
- Calculate your damages – Damages include medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering.
Call now to set up a free consultation: 1-800-747-3733.
Call Anidjar & Levine for Help With a Medical Malpractice Case in Orlando
If you think you have a medical malpractice case, document all your treatment and doctor visits, keep your medical bills handy, and share any evidence with your medical malpractice attorney.
If we represent you, we can investigate the incident, retrieve important records, and work towards building a case that establishes the medical professional’s liability for your damages.
Call 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation to see if a medical malpractice lawyer at our firm can help.