We all trust health care providers to deliver quality patient care, and the vast majority of medical professionals do meet this high standard. However, there are some who fail in their important duties, and their negligence can lead to devastating bodily harm. Fortunately, Florida medical malpractice laws protect victims who suffer injuries because of such misconduct. You may be able to recover compensation for your losses, but the legal process is extremely complex.
At Palmer | Lopez, our team is prepared to tackle the challenges involved with medical malpractice claims. We’re at your side in dealing with an insurance company, and we’ll take your case to court as necessary to ensure you get the monetary damages you deserve. Please contact our office today to set up a no-cost case evaluation with a lawyer. You can also read on for some important information about your rights.
Overview of Florida Medical Malpractice Laws
Health care providers have a duty to deliver quality patient care in accordance with the prevailing standard of care. Under Florida’s medical malpractice statute, this standard is defined as the level of treatment and skill that would be acceptable to a reasonably careful physician in the same field. If your doctor deviates from this standard of care, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.
However, you also need to prove a link between your injuries and the breach of duty. In other words, the fact that you sustained bodily harm alone is not enough; you must show that your injuries were proximately caused by the physician’s departure from the relevant standard of care.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
There’s a wide range of medical errors that fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice. At Palmer | Lopez, our lawyers take on such cases as:
- Surgical errors;
- Diagnosis mistakes;
- Birth injuries;
- Anesthesia errors;
- ER and hospital negligence;
- Medication mistakes;
- Military medical errors; and,
- Many more.
Compensation in Medical Malpractice Claims
Damages in a medical malpractice case are based upon the losses you suffer as a victim, and they’re intended to put you in the same relative position as if the error never happened. As such, you may qualify to recover:
- All medical costs to treat your malpractice injuries, such as surgery, prescription medications, hospitalization, and physical therapy;
- Lost wages, if your injuries prevent you from working;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Emotional distress;
- Losses that affect your personal relationships with loved ones; and,
- Diminished quality of life.
Consult with a St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
If you suffered bodily harm under circumstances suggesting medical malpractice, it’s important to retain experienced legal counsel to assist with the claims process. To learn how our team can help, please contact Palmer | Lopez to set up a free case evaluation. You can reach our St. Petersburg office by calling 813-967-8505 or visiting us online. We can advise you on your legal options once we have the opportunity to review your situation.