Many people incorrectly believe that medical malpractice is conduct that is more serious than simple negligence. However, this is not the case. Medical malpractice in Florida is defined as ordinary negligence by a health care provider that causes injury to a patient. It is no different in theory than negligence by a motorist who does not pay attention and causes a rear-end auto accident resulting in personal injury.
The Florida medical malpractice statute Chapter 766, specifically defines the standard of care as that level of care, skill and treatment which is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by a reasonably prudent similar health care provider under similar circumstances. Generally, the standard of care is described as doing what a reasonable doctor (or nurse, dentist, etc.) would do under the same circumstances. With more than two decades of experience in this complex area of the law, our Florida medical malpractice attorneys understand how devastating medical negligence can be to a family and will do everything in our power to protect your legal rights.
Injured by medical malpractice in Florida? Call our Tampa Florida medical malpractice attorneys today, your time to act is very limited under Florida law.
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The statute of limitations is the deadline set by law, for filing a lawsuit Florida. If you file a suit after that date, your case can and generally will be dismissed regardless of merit. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Florida is two (2) years from the date when an injured patient, their family member or guardian either knew, or should have known that the injury has occurred as a result of medical malpractice.
Given the very confusing statute of limitations, if you believe that you or a loved one may have a claim for medical malpractice you should contact an experienced Florida medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to learn the precise deadline for pursuing your potential case. Often there is a great deal of work required to investigate these very expensive cases and many medical malpractice attorneys will not agree to investigate such cases unless there are several months remaining on the statute of limitations.
If you have questions regarding a personal injury, wrongful death claim or insurance dispute, contact our Tampa injury attorneys today at 1-800-222-8163. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide immediate answers and your consultation is absolutely FREE.
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