What qualifies as medical malpractice?
Although many doctors, nurses and hospitals offer excellent medical care, there are unfortunately some who do not practice ethical, responsible, safe medical care. When these healthcare professionals neglect to provide a high level of care and make mistakes in the treatment that is given, you or a loved one may suffer because of it. Life-altering injuries or loss of life may be the consequence of their errors.
What is involved in medical malpractice?
Florida has a statute that requires healthcare professionals to provide a standard of care that is recognized as acceptable by reasonably prudent, similar healthcare providers under similar circumstances. When a doctor is determined to be negligent, it means that he or she has failed to use the same degree of skill and training - under similar circumstances - that are used by other members of the medical profession. Medical malpractice can occur when there is failure to issue a timely or accurate diagnosis; order appropriate treatments, tests and medications; or consult with specialists.
How do I know if I have been a victim of medical malpractice?
If you received medical treatment and the result was significantly different than what had been communicated to you by your healthcare provider prior to receiving treatment, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. If your loved one received medical treatment for a procedure that is considered to be routine and, as a result, has experienced severe, unexpected injury or has died, that may also be a sign of medical malpractice.
In Florida, a medical malpractice claim must be made within two years from the date of the incident.
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