Even with the many years of training and experience that is required and expected of those in the healthcare profession, mistakes and accidents occur on a routine basis. When these mistakes and accidents do occur, the result is oftentimes catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain or severe spinal injuries, and even occasionally death.
Medical malpractice is an area of negligence law whereby a healthcare provider, doctor, nurse, therapist or someone else in the profession, both by an act or failure to act, deviates from the accepted standard of care and causes injury or death as a result of their medical error. Some of the most common and oft-litigated injuries caused by medical malpractice are birth injuries, surgical errors, prescription errors and misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. . The law in medical malpractice differs from all other areas of law in Florida and requires strict statutory guidelines to file a suit. For example, Florida law has rules and laws in place for providing notification to the potential defendant in the matter, and failure to do so can result in the suit being dismissed.
Florida also has a unique set of statute of limitation laws for medical malpractice claims that differs from other traditional negligence claims. Statute of limitations is the time set by law that creates a deadline for filing a lawsuit based on the claim. If the patient waits more than the statutory time, the suit can be dismissed for exceeding the statute of limitations.
At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. we have over 30 years of experience in handling complex medical malpractice claims. In a landmark case we won a $16.1 million dollar verdict at trial against a neurosurgeon and the University of Miami (click here to see article). Our firm has the aptitude, knowhow and drive to successfully handle your claim and maximize your results. Accordingly, should or someone you know be involved in a medical malpractice claim, we invite you to contact our firm immediately so that we can be an advocate in your corner.