We all deserve skilled and competent medical care. When a doctor, hospital, or healthcare professional is negligent, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.
If you’re looking for a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer who will go above and beyond to get the fair compensation you deserve, look no further. Call Hollander Law Firm, P.A. to schedule your free consultation today.
Why Should I Hire a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer To Handle My Medical Malpractice Claim?
We all rely upon the healthcare system. Most of us don’t have the medical training needed to make important medical decisions without a doctor’s help. When a healthcare professional provides substandard care, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for damages. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect the process to be easy.
Medical malpractice laws are extremely complicated. They’re designed to protect doctors and hospitals who are just trying to do their jobs. It can also be really hard to prove that the doctor made a mistake that caused you harm. That’s no reason to let careless doctors off the hook.
It is, however, important to get the help of an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer. One procedural mistake can cause your case to be thrown out. You want a lawyer who has specific experience handling medical malpractice claims–which can be really different from injury claims involving car accidents or slip and falls.
When you hire Hollander Law Firm, P.A., you can trust our lawyers to help by:
- Reviewing your medical records, interviewing witnesses, and investigating to find out exactly what happened during the course of your medical procedures
- Working with respected medical, financial, and other experts to maximize the value of your injury claim
- Handling the complex procedural and notice requirements Florida law imposes on victims of medical negligence
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys to reach a fair settlement
- Putting more than 28 years of experience to work to get the most compensation possible for your family
After a negligent medical professional put your health at risk, you have enough on your plate. Let our medical malpractice attorneys take the lead on protecting your financial security. All you have to do is call our law offices to schedule your free consultation.
What is the Legal Standard For Medical Malpractice?
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals have to follow certain standards set by the medical community. When your doctor deviates from the relevant standard or makes a mistake, that’s called medical negligence. Under Florida law, your case will depend on what a reasonable, trained healthcare provider would have done under the circumstances. The standard is whatever would be appropriate and acceptable by reasonable, similar healthcare professionals.
Medical negligence is different from ordinary negligence. You still have to prove the four basic elements, which are:
- Breach of duty (the mistake)
- Damages (harm)
The complexity often lies in identifying the doctor’s duty. Of course, your medical team always has a general duty to provide competent care. What constitutes “competent care” can vary dramatically depending upon the circumstances.
When a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness, for example, experimental procedures might be called for. If the hail mary doesn’t work, that isn’t necessarily negligence. If your doctor failed to run a routine test that could’ve detected your breast cancer early, that’s a mistake that can be called negligence.
That’s why the advice of respected medical experts is the most critical proof we can present to support your claim.
What are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Some of the most common medical mistakes that doctors and healthcare professionals make include:
- Failure to recognize a patient’s symptoms,
- Failure to run proper tests,
- Misreading diagnostic tests,
- Operating on the wrong body part,
- Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage,
- Failing to take a full patient history,
- Failure to communicate with the patient and other medical professionals,
- Failure to consult a specialist.
Most doctors try to provide quality health care. Some unfortunately offer care they aren’t qualified to provide. Sometimes your healthcare provider is simply tired and overworked. Hospitals today are chronically understaffed. These situations can jeopardize a patient’s health. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences.
Our lawyers at Hollander Law Firm, P.A. will launch a comprehensive review to find out what went wrong during the course of your treatment. We’ll locate every responsible party and fight to get the fair compensation you deserve.
We Handle All Types of Medical Malpractice Cases in Fort Lauderdale
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., we have successfully helped clients in cases involving:
- Surgical malpractice
- Emergency room errors
- Prescription drug errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Hospital negligence
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Lack of informed consent
- And more
Across the U.S., medical malpractice settlements and verdicts exceeded $4.03 billion in 2018. Even the highest settlement can never make up for what you’ve lost: confidence in your health and the doctors who are trained to protect you. Money can, however, get you the quality care you need going forward.
If you were hurt and suspect medical malpractice was the culprit, give our law firm a call today to speak with an experienced attorney in Fort Lauderdale.
What are the Consequences of Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence has extremely serious consequences. When doctors or nurses make a mistake, patients don’t get the care they need. Patients who were already suffering from some injury or illness usually get worse. Some of the consequences of medical negligence involve:
- The need for more extensive and invasive treatment,
- Unnecessary side effects,
- New symptoms,
- Additional pain and suffering,
- Wrongful death.
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., we’re passionate about holding negligent medical providers accountable. We’ve successfully recovered compensation from doctors, hospitals, and medical facilities so that our clients can get their lives back on track.Our injury attorneys will fight to win fair compensation for your losses.
Don’t hesitate to call for a free consultation to discuss your case in more detail.
What is the Statute of Limitations To File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
The state of Florida gives you two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The clock usually starts running when the malpractice occurred. However, if you don’t find out what caused your harm right away, you have more time.
Medical malpractice victims benefit from a rule that gives you two years from:
- The date you discovered that a doctor’s mistake caused your harm, or
- The date you reasonably should have discovered the malpractice
While the discovery rule gives you a little flexibility, you lose your right to compensation after four years have passed. If you suspect malpractice, it’s always a smart idea to get the advice of an experienced attorney as soon as you can.
We Fight to Get Full Compensation For Victims of Medical Malpractice in South Florida
When you’re sick or injured, getting quality medical care immediately can be the most important thing you ever do. When your doctor makes a mistake, the odds are good that you’ll require more extensive and painful treatment. That treatment is bound to be expensive–financially, emotionally and physically.
You deserve the maximum compensation possible. At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., our lawyers will fight to win compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Long-term care
- In-home care
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Loss of consortium, financial support, and other damages for wrongful death
We can’t give you back your health. Our lawyers can fight to preserve your financial security. If you’re ready to learn more about this practice area, give us a call and tell us what happened.
Florida Supreme Court Lifts Damages Cap in Medical Malpractice Cases
Up until 2017, Florida statutes contained a limit on the amount of non-economic damages medical malpractice victims could recover. A Broward County victim challenged that cap and the court agreed.
Under the Florida Supreme Court ruling, medical malpractice victims are entitled to the full value of their non-economic damages for things like pain and suffering, PTSD, and emotional distress.
Contact an Experienced Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Lawyer For Help Today
When you find out you were the victim of a doctor’s mistake, it can be hard to put your future in someone else’s hands again. An experienced Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer can help you get the quality care you deserve while we fight to win fair compensation for your losses.
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., we offer a free consultation to all of our clients. All you have to do is call to get trusted legal advice from our team. We’ve been serving Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding communities for over 28 years.