How to Sue a Doctor in Florida
When you go to the doctor for medication, treatment, or surgery, you likely expect that your illness or injury will get better with professional treatment. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes, and hospital staff can be negligent in exercising due care. If you’ve suffered injuries after being treated by a medical professional, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It’s daunting to sue a doctor when you’re challenging them on their life’s work. However, any doctor that injures a patient, even by mistake, should be held accountable. At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we’ve handled many medical malpractice cases, and a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from our team can guide you through the legal process.
Violation of the Standard of Care
The first step in suing a doctor in Florida is to prove that the doctor violated the standard of care. The standard of care refers to the way a reasonable medical professional acts when treating patients in similar situations. To prove that your doctor didn’t exercise due care, you can seek guidance from another experienced medical professional. They can testify in your case and prove that the doctor was negligent.
Proof the Violation Caused Your Injuries
Once you prove that your doctor violated the standard of care, you must also prove that their violation caused your injuries. For example, even if your doctor made a minor mistake during surgery, you can’t sue them unless their mistake caused your injuries. If you suffered injuries from your surgery that would have resulted regardless of the doctor’s mistake, your claim won’t stand in court.
Whom Can You Sue for Damages?
If you’re trying to sue your doctor for medical malpractice, you may find that the doctor isn’t liable for their behavior because they’re employed by a larger organization. If this is the case, you must sue the hospital or medical organization that employs the doctor. Sometimes, you can hold both the doctor and the organization responsible. Identifying all liable parties ensures your claim is maximized.
Reach Out to a West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorney
Our team at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo has an in-depth understanding of medical malpractice litigation in Florida. If you have questions about your case, you can schedule a free consultation with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer by calling 561-659-6366 or by filling out the contact form below.