Tampa Hospital Negligence Lawyer
While we expect medical professionals and hospitals to provide proper care, they may engage in negligent practices that cause harm to patients. Suppose you or a loved one suffer injuries and other damages from hospital negligence. In that case, you may be able to seek compensation from these parties, whether building a case against negligent hospitals, nurses, physicians, or others.
Medical malpractice is always serious and can cause life-changing injuries and losses for patients and their families.
In medical malpractice involving a hospital or another healthcare facility, the laters at the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys are here to provide victims with the representation they need in a claim or lawsuit. If you are considering hiring a Tampa hospital negligence lawyer to build a case against negligent hospitals or their staff, below you will find why we believe our firm is the right choice for your case.
Why Choose Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys
We Do Not Charge a Fee Unless We Win Your Case
Our experienced team of attorneys has won more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. You will not need to pay an attorney fee when hiring us unless we succeed with your case, and we work hard to do so.
When you turn to us for a hospital negligence case representation, you can meet with one of our Tampa hospital negligence lawyers for a free consultation. If we decide to represent you after this initial consultation, we charge a contingency fee, meaning you only pay if we recover compensation for you.
More Than 25 Years of Experience Helping Victims of Negligence
One of the most important criteria to look for in a hospital negligence attorney in Tampa is ample experience in this area. For over a quarter of a century, our lawyers have represented patients and others who have suffered negligence by hospital staff and other negligent parties.
We work to preserve our clients’ rights and offer the protection they need in the Tampa Bay area. Our lead attorneys, Frank and Jennifer Fernandez, have the experience to handle hospital negligence cases successfully.
Thousands of Clients Left Satisfied
The reviews and testimonials from our clients also show how we have managed to provide exceptional services for victims of negligence. In the process, we have secured high settlement amounts for our clients, ensuring negligent parties pay the compensation that victims deserve. You can learn more about what our former clients have to say about us by viewing our video testimonials or reading our Google Reviews.
Nationally Recognized and Acclaimed Trial Lawyers
Another advantage of turning to the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys is the reputation our firm has earned due to past successes. Many groups have come to recognize us over the years across the country, including the Better Business Bureau, Who’s Who, SuperLawyers, and Tampa Bay Magazine’s Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay 2017, 2018, and 2019. As a result, we have a reputation as some of the best negligence attorneys in metropolitan Tampa Bay.
Personal Representation That You Will Not Find With Larger Firms
Many larger firms may boast about their size as a selling point, but the fact is that larger firms mean less personal service. A paralegal or associate lawyer with insufficient experience may handle your case if you work with a bigger firm. At the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, you can work with attorneys one-on-one throughout your case, with more personal representation from one of our seasoned attorneys.
The Ability to Take Your Case to Trial
While hospital negligence and other medical malpractice cases rarely go to trial, you may need to go to court to get the full compensation you deserve. Many attorneys are afraid to take cases to trial and will compromise the settlement to avoid the trial process. However, Frank and Jennifer Fernandez have the experience to help you take the case to court if necessary. We work to avoid a trial setting but will not hesitate to file and initiate a lawsuit if we cannot reach a favorable settlement during the claims process.
Compensation for Hospital Negligence in Tampa
According to recent stats, around two-thirds of malpractice claims involve patients hospitalized at the time of the negligence, but that does not account for all instances of medical negligence. The number of medical errors that hospitals in Florida report yearly far surpasses the number of medical malpractice claims that people file each year, in a staggering ratio of six to one.
If you or a loved one suffer because of a hospital’s negligence, you may sustain various damages for which you may recover compensation. In Florida, victims of negligence can recover economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.
Some of the specific types of compensation you may recover with the help of our attorneys include:
- Medical bills and other related costs
- Loss of income and earning capacity resulting from injuries
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Physical pain and psychological anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death expenses arising from a victim’s death, including burial and funeral expenses
In addition, you may have the ability to recover punitive damages. Only the courts can award these damages with the intent to punish defendants for committing gross negligence or engaging in malicious behavior. These damages may complement your compensatory economic and non-economic damages, but punitive damages are rare and require particular circumstances to warrant them.
At the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, Frank and Jennifer Fernandez, along with the rest of our skilled attorneys, work to help clients recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to.
Types of Hospital Negligence and Injuries
The most common forms of hospital negligence that we see in Tampa include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Wrong site surgery
- Premature patient discharge
- Medical errors on the part of support staff, such as nurses and anesthesiologists
- Negligent securities
- Failure to provide adequate follow-up care
- Accidents resulting from unsafe conditions
These and other potential errors can cause serious harm to patients through negligence.
Medical negligence may cause various types of conditions affecting patients, such as:
- Injuries resulting from improper use of implements
- Conditions resulting from improper medication dosages
- Birth injuries
- Development of a treatable condition due to misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
Negotiating Negligence Claims With Insurance Companies
If you want to file a medical malpractice claim against a negligent hospital or staff, you will typically negotiate a settlement with the insurance carrier behind the hospital. It is often difficult to prove liability in cases involving medical negligence. Insurers will work to minimize your settlement amount or deny your claim altogether, making it challenging to negotiate with insurers in these cases.
When negotiating with insurers, it is best to have someone with plenty of experience handling the claims process.
A hospital negligence attorney in Tampa, such as Frank and Jennifer Fernandez, can give you the representation you need to successfully file and negotiate an insurance claim. Your attorney would be able to identify all liable parties involved, gather sufficient evidence to prove liability, calculate the compensation you deserve, and continue to negotiate to recover that settlement.
What to Do After an Incident Involving Hospital Negligence
Following an instance of negligence involving a hospital and its staff, there are some key steps to take to begin a claim or lawsuit. The following are some of the specific steps to take if you believe that negligent took place in a hospital:
Collect as Much Evidence as Possible
Hospital negligence can be difficult to prove, making it important to collect sufficient relevant evidence to prove liability. Specifically, you must prove that the hospital and its staff owe a duty of care through a doctor-patient relationship. You must also be able to show that the facility or staff breached this duty of care, along with proof that this breach of duty led to specific harm and damages.
Evidence you may submit in these types of cases could include:
- Records showing that you established a doctor-patient relationship
- Statements that defendants made, such as medical records that include details about improper or inadequate care
- Diagnostics documentation
- Photographs or video evidence of the negligence, such as video footage from hospital security cameras
The more evidence you collect, the greater your chances of proving negligence in your case. An attorney may be able to assist with collecting and organizing all key evidence in a claim or lawsuit.
Avoid Using Social Media
While a case is pending, you should avoid using social media. Insurance companies, especially larger ones working for hospitals, will investigate a claim, which could entail checking the claimant’s social media profiles for incriminating posts or media. To avoid inadvertently posting anything that might contradict your claim, it is in your best interest to avoid social media until your case closes.
Maintain a Journal
To help prove non-economic damages, you can write in a journal about your experience. You may record information about how you are feeling on a daily basis, both physically and mentally. These details can show how the medical negligence affected you and may complement evidence proving economic damages.
Contact a Hospital Negligence Attorney
Once you are ready to open a case against a hospital for medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney, such as Frank and Jennifer Fernandez, and the rest of the team at the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys.
Our skilled hospital negligence lawyers in Tampa can determine if you have a viable case, and we may represent you. They can review your evidence and collect any additional evidence you cannot obtain on your own.
Attorneys can also help ensure you file your claim on time, as you have a limited amount of time to file, known as a statute of limitations. According to Florida statute § 95.11, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is four years, meaning you have four years from the incident or upon discovering malpractice to file a claim or lawsuit.
Begin Your Claim With the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys
If you want to open a case against a negligent hospital or medical professional, the lawyers at the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys are here to help. Our Tampa hospital negligence lawyers are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you have.
The Fernandez Firm – Tampa Office
2503 W Swann Ave #100,
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 278-1032