If you or your loved one has been the victim of a medical mistake and has experienced adverse health effects as a result, then you may wish to investigate the possibility of pursuing a medical malpractice claim. A successful lawsuit can gain you the resources needed for present and future care and may also help you obtain financial compensation for other relevant damages. Contact the Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyers of Salpeter Gitkin, LLP at 954-467-8622 today for more information.
Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle
The modern healthcare system in the United States is almost overwhelmingly complex. Insurance companies, hospital corporations, and other entities not directly tied to the patient-doctor relationship have a considerable degree of influence on patient care and doctors are pressed to carry as many patients as possible, stretching their time and energy thin. The consequences of this structure can be quite grim and may necessitate the following kinds of medical malpractice claims:
- Wrong Diagnosis (Misdiagnosis)
- Delayed Treatment
- Improper Treatment
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Surgical Errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Pharmaceutical Errors
- Birth Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Hospital Negligence
- Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
No matter the type of medical negligence you endured, you have the right to secure compensation for your injuries, but it is vital that you act fast. You must file a claim for medical malpractice within the statute of limitations. Failure to do so results in you forfeiting your right to recover damages related to the instance.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Florida
Medical malpractice may be a type of personal injury, but Florida law separates the statute of limitations for the two. The statute of limitations in Florida for personal injury claims like slip-and-falls and car accidents is four years. Medical malpractice claims are a bit more complicated.
The statute of limitations in Florida for medical malpractice is two years from the date the malpractice was or should have been discovered. The statute of limitations is extended two years (totaling in four years) when the following occurs:
- Intentional misrepresentation
Although a two-year extension to the statute of limitations is permitted, the date from the accident to when one takes legal action should never exceed seven years. The only exception is if the prospective plaintiff is under the age of eight-years-old at the time of the incident.
The faith that we place in our doctors is important, and now that your confidence has been shattered, you may struggle to regain it and your future health could suffer as a result. This is inexcusable and we can help you fight to hold a negligent healthcare professional accountable. Contact the Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyers of Salpeter Gitkin, LLP at 954-467-8622 today to discuss your potential claim.