Things to know about medical malpractice claims in Florida

Medical errors are a huge problem in the United States as well as the State of Florida. Mistakes by medical professionals happen more often than most people realize. Moreover, medical malpractice errors can cause serious and debilitating injuries and conditions that could ruin someone’s life and even end in a fatality.

A study performed by Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2016 proved that medical errors account for 250,000 deaths per year, every year. That makes fatalities caused by medical malpractice 10 percent of all deaths in the United States. If you or a loved one believe that medical malpractice occurred, you should know of the types of medical errors that most often happen:

  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnose
  • Failure to order appropriate tests
  • Failure to clean an area to prevent infections
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Mistakes made during surgical procedures
  • Mistakes made during anesthesia

Not every bad outcome from a procedure means that you have a malpractice case. Before you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit you should consult with an experienced Florida medical malpractice attorney. That attorney would hire an independent expert to evaluate your circumstances and render an opinion.

Florida law provides that a medical malpractice lawsuit has to be filed within two years of the date of the malpractice or the point where you should have known that a medical error occurred. If you do not file within two years, then you will be forever barred from filing suit and recovering money for your injuries.

It is best to contact an experienced Florida medical malpractice attorney if you believe a medical error has occurred. The next thing to do is to make sure you obtain a copy of all the pertinent medical records so that your attorney can review them and, if appropriate, send them to an independent medical expert to review.

If you have been subject to a medical error, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Joyce & Reyes at (813) 251-2007. The initial consultation is free.