Medical Malpractice FAQ
Doctors are afforded some protection from liability for human error—they are, in fact, human. However, that doesn’t mean they’re allowed to provide subpar medical treatment or treat your life and health with carelessness. Healthcare professionals are responsible for the injuries they cause when they act with negligence.
To speak with a medical negligence attorney, just give us a call. We’ll answer all of your questions during a free consultation. You’re also welcome to read through some of our frequently asked questions.
What’s the difference between a mistake and medical negligence?
Anyone can make a mistake, and if we were all held liable for every mistake we’ve ever made, we’d all be in trouble. Medical negligence is when a medical provider’s care or decisions were outside the realm of what is considered reasonable for that situation. If the poor care you received caused injuries and damages, that’s considered negligence.
Are there damage caps in Florida for medical malpractice?
There are technically damage caps in Florida for medical malpractice: $500,000 for a single practitioner and up to $1 million if the injury resulted in death or a vegetative state. However, the Florida Supreme Court recently found the caps to be unconstitutional.
What’s the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Florida?
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Florida is two years from the date of the incident or two years from the date when a reasonable person would have discovered the injury. There is also an overall deadline of four years, regardless of the discovery date. If fraud is involved in your case, the deadline may change.
What are some examples of medical negligence?
Medical malpractice can come in many forms. A few examples are misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, prescribing an incorrect medication dosage, the administration of a drug you’re allergic to when the doctor should have known of your allergy, conducting unnecessary surgery, birth injuries, and surgical errors
What if I can’t afford an attorney?
Your attorney at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo gets paid through a contingency fee. That means we will receive payment when you collect your settlement check.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Law Firm
If you think you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, speak with a medical malpractice lawyer at our firm. We can advise you on whether your case qualifies you to seek damages from the medical provider who injured you.