If you or a loved one was the victim of medical malpractice, you have two years from the time of the incident to file a medical malpractice suit according to Florida Statutes. If you did not immediately discover the action leading to your claim, this two-year window begins when the action was, or should have been, discovered.
Unless your medical malpractice suit involved a victim who was under the age of eight years old at the time of the incident, you cannot file a suit if more than four years have passed since the incident causing your claim.
When you seek medical attention, you are trusting a professional with your health and well-being. If you did not receive the care you deserve and were injured as the direct result of a medical professional’s failure to provide you with adequate services, you might be the victim of medical malpractice. The results of medical malpractice can have devastating effects on your life or the life of a loved one. It is important to understand your legal options so that you can focus on your recovery and well-being.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is when a medical professional provides care that is below the standard of their profession, leading to the injury or death of a patient. According to a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 250,000 deaths per year in the United States are due to medical error.
Malpractice can come at the hands of many medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, pharmacists, and other health care providers patients rely on when suffering from an ailment, or seeking a routine treatment.
Medical malpractice generally occurs due to the failure to accurately diagnose a disease or ailment, failure to prescribe or provide adequate or appropriate treatment, or actions causing a significant delay in the treatment of a medical condition. Skilled professionals, such as surgeons, can also be at fault for medical malpractice if they make a mistake that causes the injury or death of a patient.
Medical malpractice can also occur if a health care provider fails to provide informed consent, which is the obligation of a health care provider to inform a patient of their disease or ailment, as well as the nature of treatment prescribed.
If you or a loved one were the victim of medical malpractice in any of these forms, you can take legal action to potentially recover compensation due as the result of your experience. Because of the statute of limitations regarding medical malpractice claims, it is important to do so as soon as possible to avoid missing your chance to fight for awards. If you want the help of a lawyer, the sooner you contact a legal team, the sooner they can get started on your case.
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Types of Potentially Recoverable Compensation From Medical Malpractice Suits
Medical malpractice can affect every facet of your life. You may be experiencing pain, financial loss, inability to continue work affecting your wages, and mental trauma such as anxiety and depression. You may even be grieving the loss of a loved one. These repercussions of medical malpractice may linger for much longer than you ever could have expected. In some cases, medical malpractice suits can lead to compensation including but not limited to:
- Reimbursement for medical expenses: If you have experienced a financial loss as a result of medical malpractice you could be eligible for reimbursement.
- Lost wages: If you have been unable to work, or lost wages due to your injury resulting from medical malpractice, lost income is potentially recoverable.
- Pain and suffering: When your quality of life is affected by medical malpractice, you may be able to claim compensation for these damages.
Learning more about your legal options can help you or a loved one obtain the compensation you deserve following medical malpractice, enabling you to focus on your recovery and getting back to your daily life.
Understanding Your Legal Options
Whether you, a family member, or a loved one was the victim of medical malpractice, the experience can be very traumatic. Injury, or in some cases death, resulting from a trusted medical professional inadequately providing care can negatively affect your life for a long period of time. Recovering from these devastating events is challenging but understanding your rights and the steps you can take is paramount in pursuing the compensation you deserve.
You have a limited amount of time to file a medical malpractice suit in the state of Florida. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-641-8998 to better understand your options or further discuss your case.