FREE CASE EVALUATION
ST. LUCIE COUNTY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY
What qualifies as medical malpractice? Is it the same as negligence?
Yes, those terms are interchangeable. According to Florida law, medical malpractice is EITHER a doctor or health care provider doing something that a reasonably careful doctor or health care provider wouldn’t do under the same circumstances, OR a doctor or health care provider failing to do something that a reasonably careful doctor or health care provider would do under the same circumstances. AND, that action or inaction must have caused serious harm or death to the patient.
How do my St. Lucie County clients prove medical malpractice?
You need to prove a medical malpractice case by expert testimony. That is, you have to have the case reviewed by a medical expert of the same specialty as the medical provider you’re suing, and that medical expert must say that the person you’re bringing the claim against fell below the standard of care for a similar health care provider. Of course, the defense will bring their own experts into the case, who will say that the health care provider you’re suing did everything just fine.
If your expert gets you over this first hurdle, then you also must prove, through your expert, that the malpractice was what caused the damage to your client.
There can be negligence (malpractice) and there can be damages, but to win a malpractice case, your lawyer—through his expert witnesses—must prove that the malpractice, and not anything else, was what caused the damage.
How long do I have to bring a malpractice claim in St Lucie County?
Each state has different laws concerning when a malpractice claim can be made. These are called Statutes of Limitation, because they limit the time to file a claim.
In Fort Pierce and in the State of Florida, the Statute of Limitation for medical malpractice is 2 years from the date you knew or should have known something was wrong, but no more than 4 years. It’s important to note that you don’t have to know specifically that there was malpractice, or what specifically was wrong. The time starts when you knew something wasn’t right. Continuing treatment for the problem does not extend the Statute of Limitations.
SURGICAL INJURY OR DEATH
Surgical injury or death may be as a recognized complication, or it may be due to medical malpractice. Our experts can find out for you.
GIVE YOUR DOCTOR A CHECKUP
This can happen from a head injury, a bleed, a stroke or lack of oxygen to the brain, and can possibly be from medical malpractice.
SLIP AND FALL
Most falls in nursing homes or assisted living facilities can be prevented with proper safety measures and the proper attention of the intitution’s staff.
Be the Captain of your own medical decisions. You can prevent arguments among family members. Make decisions easy for your family. Ensure doctors follow your wishes.
This is outrageous, five times as many Americans die every year from hospital/doctor mistakes than die from auto accidents.
NURSING HOME ELDERLY ABUSE
Unexplained injuries, bruises and other related injuries may be the result of nursing home abuse. These injuries are a felony under Florida law.
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MY ST LUCIE COUNTY CLIENTS?
My clients are people who have been seriously and permanently injured by medical/hospital errors; who have had family members die at the hands of incompetent doctors or nurses; whose elderly loved ones have been abused and mistreated by uncaring nursing home staff. Many cannot even leave their houses because of their injuries. Sometimes their computer is their only contact with the outside world. These are my people!