Exploring the Area of Medical Malpractice
We hear stories about the tragedies that occur due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, but what does it truly mean when a doctor is negligent? Is a healthcare provider’s negligence different from medical malpractice? What should you do if you believe you are a victim? These are some of the common questions that we hear and hope to answer as we delve into the area of practice that is Medical Malpractice law.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice is essentially negligence by a healthcare provider while acting in the scope of providing health care. To be sure, there are many nuances under applicable state law, but when a healthcare provider is negligent, they have deviated from the “prevailing professional standard of care.” The “prevailing professional standard of care” is defined in Florida as “that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar healthcare providers.” Put another way, the healthcare practitioner has done something that no other reasonable healthcare practitioner would have done under the same circumstances.
Important Aspects of Medical Malpractice Claims
If you believe that you are a potential victim of Medical Malpractice, there are a couple of key aspects to consider as you move forward with your potential case.
What to do if you believe you are a victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you believe you have been the victim of Medical Negligence/Malpractice, take careful notes for your attorney on the circumstances, and contact an experienced Medical Malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Medical Malpractice claims are often subject to shorter statutes of limitations than other claims (in Florida and Georgia, generally only 2 years… but there are exceptions), therefore, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Medical Malpractice attorney who has the resources to find the best medical experts for your case as soon as possible.
Those who are injured or harmed due to the negligence of a healthcare provider deserve the opportunity to seek accountability and just compensation for the consequences of Medical Malpractice. If you believe that you are a victim of Medical Malpractice, our Tallahassee attorneys are well experienced to handle claims throughout Florida and Georgia and are here to serve you when there is Too Much At Stake. Learn More about Brooks, LeBoeuf, Foster & Gwartney today! To explore more of our blog posts Click Here.