What is Medical Malpractice?
Claims can apply to all types of doctors and specialists, as well as to nurses, hospitals, and other health care professionals. It occurs when a health care provider deviates from the recognized “standard of care” in the treatment of a patient. Simply put, the “standard of care” is what a similarly qualified practitioner would (or would not have done) under the same or similar circumstances.
A serious permanent bodily injury caused by the failure to meet minimum standards of care is what constitutes a medical malpractice case. A simple mistake or a bad outcome is usually not enough to constitute a case unless the result includes significant permanent damage, injury, or death to a patient. In other words, if a doctor makes a medical error but causes no permanent injury to the patient, there are not enough damages to support filing a lawsuit.
Florida Law Requires Extensive Pre-Suit Investigation
Florida law is very complicated and has extensive pre-suit requirements on medical malpractice claims, so you need an experienced attorney who specializes in this area of law. There are very strict statutory requirements before a lawsuit can be filed against a medical provider in the State of Florida. Expert witness testimony is required by Florida law to prove a deviation from standard of care in cases.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical negligence cases may include claims against a health care provider or hospital for improper care, medication errors, missed or delayed diagnoses, surgical errors, or improper nursing care, just to name a few examples. The Tampa medical malpractice attorneys at Alley, Clark & Greiwe are board certified trial attorneys who aggressively litigate claims for serious injuries or death arising from many different types of malpractice including, but not limited to, the following types of cases:
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Birth Trauma
- Delay or Failure to Timely Diagnose Cancer and Other Diseases
- Inappropriate or Negligently Performed Surgery
- Wrong Drug or Dosage Dispensed by a Pharmacy
- Emergency Room Mistakes
- Pharmaceutical Injuries and Prescription Drug Errors
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Malpractice or Negligence
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Inappropriate or Dangerous Treatment Practices
Statutes of Limitations on Florida Claims
There are strict laws in the State of Florida that limit how long a person can wait before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. If a lawsuit is not filed prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations period, then your right to sue will be forever lost. For these reasons, it is very important that you contact an experienced attorney immediately so the statute of limitations period does not expire.
Contact Our Tampa Malpractice Attorneys
If you believe that you or someone you love have been harmed in Tampa, please contact the experienced lawyers at the law firm of Alley, Clark & Greiwe. There is no charge for our legal consultation. Our medical negligence attorneys are Board-certified trial attorneys and have been recognized by the legal community for their experience and knowledge in litigating claims for persons who have been victims of serious medical errors.