Can a Hospital Be Sued for Medical Negligence in Florida?
When you go to the hospital to seek healthcare for an illness, injury, or medical condition, you’ll likely encounter many people throughout your visit. You may deal with nurses, doctors, administrative staff, and physician assistants. If you suffer significant injuries or damages because of medical negligence or omissions in your care caused by someone at the hospital, you can obtain a settlement for your suffering.
At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we have in-depth experience handling medical malpractice cases. Suing the hospital for your damages can be difficult, but as the presiding organization over the negligent employee who caused you harm, the hospital should be held accountable. A medical malpractice lawyer from our team can help you maximize your claim in court.
Determine Who’s Responsible for Your Injuries
Before moving forward with a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, it’s important to make sure the hospital directly employs the person who caused your injury. Physicians can be independent contractors, and if this is the case, you must sue the physician individually as opposed to the hospital. However, hospitals directly employ most others working in hospitals.
Once you’re sure you want to sue the hospital for medical malpractice, you must serve a notice of intent to sue to the hospital and find a medical professional to assess your situation and provide validity for your claim. This medical professional will have to write an affidavit that you’ll include with your notice of intent to sue.
Once you’ve served the notice of intent and the affidavit, the investigative process will begin and can last up to ninety days. The hospital may settle your claim, but if not, you’ll have either sixty days after the investigation to sue for malpractice or the rest of the statute of limitations, which is two years from when your incident occurred.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is one of the most complex types of personal injury law. When going up against a hospital or healthcare facility, you’ll need support from an experienced attorney who can demonstrate your damages and the actions or omissions that caused them.
If you’d like to discuss your case with a medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, fill out the contact form below or call 561-659-6366 to schedule a free consultation.