Tallahassee Medical Malpractice Attorneys
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If you or a loved one was harmed at the hands of a negligent medical professional, our team at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. is ready to hear from you. We have over 100 years of combined legal experience and have helped countless clients recover the compensation they deserve following a serious injury. Now, our attorneys are ready to do the same for you.
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How Is Medical Malpractice Defined Under the Law?
Medical malpractice or medical negligence is defined as a breach of the "standard of care" on the part of a healthcare professional which subsequently results in injury. Florida’s Medical Malpractice Act defines the “standard of care” as a level of care and treatment which is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent healthcare providers under similar circumstances.
For example, if you are injured by a neurologist, the judge will instruct the jury to determine whether your neurologist did something that a reasonably prudent neurologist would not have done, or whether he failed to do something that a reasonably prudent neurologist would have done.
Not sure if you have a valid case? Contact our firm to discuss your options.
Standard of Care for Emergency Medical Services
If you are injured in an emergency room, a different standard of care may apply. Under the Florida Good Samaritan Statute, doctors providing emergency services cannot be held liable for damages as a result of such medical care unless damages result from providing, or failing to provide, medical treatment under circumstances demonstrating a “reckless disregard” for the consequences.
The “reckless disregard” standard of care is much more difficult to prove than the negligence standard of care that applies to medical professionals rendering non-emergency care.
Important Factors in a Medical Malpractice Case
- The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida is two years.
- In Florida, you must serve a notice of intent to initiate litigation.
- Florida requires that doctors have $100K in malpractice insurance.
- Only patients and family members (children, spouses, etc.) can file a lawsuit.
- Various damages are recoverable, including medical expenses and lost wages.
Do I Have a Valid Medical Malpractice Claim in Tallahassee?
In order to have a valid medical malpractice claim, you really need to have two things; the first is a breach of the standard of care. Basically what that means is that a doctor, a hospital, or healthcare professional has failed to do something, or did something that they shouldn’t have. The second requirement is causation, which means that the breach resulted in serious injury or death.
It is important to understand that experiencing a bad outcome does not necessarily mean that you have a medical malpractice claim. Bad things happen to good people all the time and medicine is not a guarantee. However, if you or someone you love has been seriously injured from a medical procedure, YOU HAVE TOO MUCH AT STAKE not to investigate and protect your legal rights.
The time to act is now—and we're ready to help. Call our medical malpractice attorneys in Tallahassee, FL at (850) 222-2032 to get started.