Sinclair Law Offices

KIP SINCLAIR | MEDICAL MALPRACTICE | NURSING HOME INJURY ATTORNEY FLORIDA

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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.

NEWBORN
BIRTH INJURY

Malpractice occurring during or just after birth of a baby can result in a lifetime of heartache and care, and such injuries should be investigated.

GIVE YOUR DOCTOR A CHECKUP

Find out your doctor’s educational background, credentials, board certification and prior claims.

BRAIN DAMAGE
OR DEATH

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
INJURIES

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.

FREE
LIVING WILL

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.

WRONGFUL
DEATH

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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A Brief History of St Lucie County

St. Lucie County History It is believed that the name “Saint Lucie” was first introduced to the area by the Spanish. In 1565 Fort Santa Lucia was built by the Spanish, at the Jupiter Inlet. Construction for this fort began on December 13th, the feast day of the Roman Catholic Saint Lucia. Pedro Menendez de Aviles established a colony in 1567 called “Santa Lucia” somewhere between Vero Beach and Stuart. Old Spanish maps identify the area as Santa Lucia. The current Saint Lucie County was known as East Florida in 1810. In 1821 the area was renamed St. Johns County. St. Johns was split into several counties in 1840 and this area became Mosquito County. Ten years later the Mosquito County area is slashed into two new counties and our area becomes St. Lucie for the first time. Thirty more years pass and in 1880 the borders are again changes and we become Brevard County. On July 1, 1905 St. Lucie County, Florida is established with Fort Pierce as the county seat. Portions are stripped away over the years, first in 1917 western acres are taken away to become Okeechobee County. In 1925 a northern chunk of land is removed and becomes Indian River County and the southern part of St. Lucie as well as a portion of Palm Beach County become Martin County that same year.

WHO ARE

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!

“It's personally rewarding to bring justice and closure to these clients who have been so horribly injured through the negligence or incompetence of others. Please accept this FREE e-book which will help you navigate and understand the process involved in a medical malpractice law suit.”

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This FREE e-book, will help the Fort Pierce victims of medical malpractice understand and navigate through the legal process. This guide was written by Kip Sinclair based on his many decades of experience dealing with medical malpractice cases. Fill the form below to get your FREE ebook!

The Covid-19 Pandemic is Upon Us. Here are two free forms that will help you and your family:

Covid-19 can strike without warning and may put the victim in the hospital or even on a respirator, unable to make their health-care decisions themselves. Everyone should have a living will, which is a form to indicate what your health care decisions are should you become incapacitated and unable to make your wishes known to your family or doctors.

You should also designate someone to be your health care surrogate–someone to make your healthcare decisions for you if you cannot health care decisions are should you become incapacitated and unable to make your wishes known to your family or doctors.

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