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Medical Malpractice

malpracticeWhat is Medical Malpractice?

Health care providers a typically known as caring professionals, working long hours in a thankless position, trying to provide care which ranges from superb to adequate. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical clinic, doctor or another health care professional, through negligence or omission, causes injury to a patient in their care. It is possible for the negligence to be the result of an error in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or ongoing management of health issues.

If a doctor or health care professional does not maintain a minimum standard of care, then you might have a case for medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice is possible in any field, Hunter Law, P.A. can litigate medical malpractice claims including:

  • Surgical errors.
  • Wrongful death.
  • Anesthesia errors.
  • Child birth errors.
  • Incorrect diagnosis.
  • Hospital malpractice.
  • Prescription drug errors.
  • Emergency Room errors.
  • Nursing home negligence.
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • Failure to timely diagnose potentially fatal diseases.

How long can I wait before filing a medical malpractice case?

There is a limited amount of time during which a patient can file a claim for medical malpractice against a doctor, health care professional or a medical facility. The statute of limitations for Florida is either two or four years, and depends upon both the type of injury and when it is initially discovered by the patient. These timelines are only for purposes of reference. If you feel you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible.

How do I prove medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice involves more than an unfortunate outcome to some type of medical treatment. If you want to win a medical malpractice claim, you will need to prove that the medical professional or medical facility failed to meet the standard of care.

The standard of care is used to refer to actions that a health care professional would take when presented with a patient under similar circumstances. This means that the actions considered reasonable will vary if medical care was provided in an underserved rural medical facility, rather than a hospital in a city like Tampa, Florida.

http://www.abpla.org/what-is-malpractice (better understanding)
http://www.kravitzlawgroup.com/medical-malpractice (basic structure)
http://www.rocketlawyer.com/article/medical-malpractice-statute-of-limitations-by-state.rl (statute)
http://www.alllaw.com/articles/health/article1.asp (standard of care definition)

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