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In a healthcare environment, you should feel comfortable and confident with the care you receive. A doctor or hospital that makes a critical error to the detriment of a patient, should bear the financial responsibility to the patient or the patient’s surviving family members who were harmed by the careless lapse in sound medical judgment. If this sounds familiar, you may have a medical malpractice case.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, we just want to say how very sorry we are that you have to deal with the pain, the financial burden, and the loss of your normal daily life due to this tragic accident. You deserve to be compensated in full by the negligent medical care professional who perhaps ruined your body, your mental health, and maybe even your life.
Our Clearwater medical malpractice attorneys are here to guide you through this particularly difficult time. Here is what you need to know about medical malpractice before you call us to set up a free case evaluation.
All forms of medical malpractice can be truly devastating and cause you some serious trauma. To be sure about whether or not you have a medical malpractice claim, you first have to figure out what exactly happened to you and what category your accident/incident falls under. There are several categories of medical malpractice that include:
All of these injuries are totally preventable and can cause a lot of grief for you and your family. When you meet with an attorney, you should explain every detail about your case so that you and your attorney can talk about how to proceed.
The rules for medical malpractice make it tougher for you to bring a suit. The statute of limitations for any other injury-causing accident (such as a car accident) is four years. For medical malpractice in Florida, you only have two years to bring your claim. It becomes even trickier for you because there are steps you need to take for medical malpractice claims before you can officially file.
You have 90 days from the date of your injury to put the health care provider on notice. That requires especially fast action. You also need to have an affidavit from another medical professional confirming that you indeed have a good claim before you can bring one against your medical provider. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the quicker you can accomplish all of these steps and ensure you are protecting your right to sue.
The best way to make sure that you are going to get the best compensation available to you is to hire an experienced and dedicated Clearwater medical malpractice attorney. You will be pursuing compensation for your lost wages, medical bills for treatment and care, future lost earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, anxiety and depression, and disfigurement. All of these injuries are considered, for the most part, to be severe.
Thankfully, only a few years ago, the cap for compensation was deemed to be unconstitutional because it was holding back compensation for people who, in dire instances, deserved more than what the caps would have provided for them. Prior to the ruling in 2017, it used to be that you couldn’t collect more than $500,000 for non-economic damages, which includes pain and suffering as well as loss of normal life.
You also would be capped at $1,000,000 if the medical malpractice resulted in death or if a loved one was left in a vegetative state. The ruling to make this cap unconstitutional is huge for those who are truly deserving of more compensation. As mentioned, these cases are brutally tragic and can result in such carnage, it’s as if someone’s worst nightmare is being played out.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice, you have every right to compensation in the fullest possible amount. Please do not hesitate to contact our Clearwater personal injury attorneys today to set up your free, confidential case evaluation. Let us help you to pursue this case successfully and allow us to protect your rights.
Perenich Law Injury Attorneys