Throughout Florida, countless skilled and dedicated medical professionals tirelessly care for our state’s citizens of all ages. While most doctors understand and respect the level of responsibility their jobs call for, the truth is, there are times where they can make mistakes out of sheer negligence, and if you are someone who has recently been harmed by a medical professional, our Tampa medical malpractice lawyer is ready to come to your aid. Continue reading and contact Merricks Law Group to learn more about how our firm can help you through every step of the medical malpractice claims process ahead.
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Those who’ve been wrongfully harmed by a medical professional that they trusted to keep their well-being at heart often feel frustrated, deceived, and betrayed. If you find yourself in this situation, you need an attorney who not only has extensive knowledge of the law, but also empathizes with your situation and will do everything in his power to win you your rightful compensation. Our Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer is here to right the wrongs of your medical professional in an effort to obtain the financial compensation you and your family deserve and need to move on with your lives.
Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical professionals across all fields can make critical mistakes that harm their patients in the long run, and our team is here to fight for your rightful compensation if you’ve been harmed by a dentist, physician, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, or any other medical professional. Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice that our firm sees are as follows:
- The failure to diagnose certain medical conditions or diseases
- Delayed diagnoses
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Orthopedic injuries
- Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
- Neurological injuries
- Wrongful death
Proving Your Claim
Winning a medical malpractice claim is not always easy, as oftentimes, when medical professionals face accusations of medical malpractice, they will hire expert medical defense attorneys to disprove the malpractice claim, as their careers are often on the line in these cases. This is why you must hire a team of equally aggressive attorneys who are ready to fight for what is rightfully yours.
To win a medical malpractice claim, we must first prove that you were the medical professional’s patient, and that the professional, therefore, owed you a duty of care. We must then prove that the medical professional breached the standard of care by making an error that a similarly-trained medical professional would not have made. Finally, we will have to show that the medical professional’s negligence directly resulted in harming you or worsening your medical condition and that you incurred significant damages as a result. As long as we can win your claim, you should recover financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, emotional distress, and more.
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida
When it comes to medical malpractice claims in Florida, the statute of limitations is, generally, two years from the date that you discovered, or should have discovered, the injury or medical condition caused by the medical professional. This means that in most cases, you must take legal action against the medical professional within two years of discovering your injury.
While this is true, medical issues are not always obvious at first, and if you did not notice your medical issue within two years, the statute of repose may allow you four years from the date of the incident to take legal action. In the rarest cases, if you did not discover your injury within four years as a result of a medical professional/facility trying to cover up their act of negligence, you may have up to seven years to file your claim. However, such situations are very rare. The bottom line is that it is always best to speak with an attorney the moment you realize something is wrong.
Contact Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Regardless of your situation, if you believe you’ve been wronged by a medical professional, you must understand that with us on your side, you will never be alone. We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Merricks Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.