A medical malpractice claim can be brought against a doctor, nurse, hospital, medical facility, dentist, or other medical provider. Medical malpractice claims arise when someone is injured as a result of the medical provider’s failure to provide the expected level of care according to the standards in that particular professional community.
Common medical malpractice cases include the following situations:
- Surgical errors
- Foreign objects left inside the patient during surgery
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose or making an improper diagnosis
Under Florida law, specific procedures must be followed in order to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. A medical malpractice action is not the same as bringing a claim for negligence and should not be handled without the support of an experienced attorney. For example, this first glaring difference between medical malpractice and a standard claim for negligence is the statute of limitations. In Florida, medical malpractice cases only have a two-year statute of limitation.
If you have been injured as a result of a medical provider’s negligence it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. Contact Steven J. Litvack today for a FREE CONSULTATION.