If you or a loved one has experienced injury or economic loss due to the actions (or inactions) of a physician or other healthcare professional, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case. A partial list of common malpractice complaints includes:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Infections acquired in healthcare settings
- Negligence in medication, pharmacy, anesthesia, surgical, pregnancy, birth, psychiatric, and nursing home care
Some situations are classified clearly as malpractice, such as a surgeon removing the wrong limb. Others are more subjective – was the medical expert’s treatment based on the most current research and in line with what similar specialists would have prescribed?
Whether the case seems obvious or subjective, or if the treatment caused a family member’s death, it is wise to seek the advice of an attorney who focuses on malpractice law. Here are five reasons Florida residents should consider hiring a medical malpractice attorney.
1. Florida Attorneys Know Florida Law
Each state has different laws defining and regulating medical malpractice claims. If your incident happened in Florida, you should speak with a Florida-based attorney, who will know how and if Florida law applies to your situation.
For example, under most circumstances, Florida Statutes Section 95.11(4)(b) permits only a two-year window to file a lawsuit. There are exceptions for cases involving young children and a few other specialized situations. A Florida malpractice attorney is familiar with Florida’s complex medical malpractice legislation.
2. Florida Attorneys Know Medical Experts in Florida and Nationally
As part of substantiating your claim, your attorney will hire outside medical professionals to review the details of your case and determine if medical malpractice occurred. For instance, if you received inadequate treatment in Florida for skin cancer, the most appropriate medical experts to examine your file are Florida dermatologists who have extensive experience with such cancer.
Over our 30 years in business, DiBiaggio Law has handled numerous medical malpractice claims. We have developed relationships with healthcare experts in a wide range of fields who have the professional capacity to evaluate your claim.
3. Florida Attorneys Are Well-Prepared to Represent You in Court
Hospitals and insurance companies – specifically, their team of lawyers – represent doctors, dentists, nurses, laboratory technicians, and other healthcare professionals in court. Naturally, these organizations have a vested interest in getting cases thrown out on a technicality or, failing that, keeping settlements as low as possible.
Experienced Florida medical malpractice attorneys, like the ones at DiBiaggio Law, have faced insurance companies and hospitals in Florida courts and know the most effective ways to present your case accurately and robustly. The team at DiBiaggio Law is committed to the great people of Florida and becoming a voice for the voiceless.
Additionally, Florida attorneys are familiar with past cases adjudicated in Florida. Even though Florida has no caps on monetary settlements, Florida attorneys have an indication of what courts may view as a reasonable request for damages, as well as what insurance companies may agree to outside of court proceedings.
4. Florida Attorneys Will Save You Time
Filling out paperwork and submitting documents in a medical malpractice case is arduous and time-consuming. A malpractice attorney is well-versed in preparing documents, which allows you to focus on your recovery.
For snowbirds with residences in other states, hiring a Florida medical malpractice lawyer for a Florida claim is common sense. Your family lawyer at home may not be specialized in Florida law, leading to unnecessary delay in your case as they attempt to navigate Florida’s processes. And if there’s one thing in lawsuits you want to avoid, it’s wasting time. The sooner you speak to a malpractice attorney, the sooner he or she can thoroughly review medical reports and interview witnesses.
5. Florida Attorneys Focus on Floridians
Local attorneys live and work where their clients live and work. The attorneys at DiBiaggio Law are based in West Palm Beach and Miami and are proud to serve Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Representing our fellow Floridians in malpractice cases is one of the ways we support our community.
Although monetary compensation cannot undo your injuries, it can provide relief as you put your life back together. Having a reliable attorney on your side who can explain your rights and available options can drastically improve your circumstances. An attorney can be your staunchest advocate in helping you recoup damages for medical bills, missed work, job loss, pain and suffering, and, if applicable, future prospects.
DiBiaggio Law: Serving Clients in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties
Our malpractice attorneys at DiBiaggio Law will guide you through each part of the process and work exclusively on a contingency fee basis. We provide free case evaluations to all clients. Get the help you need by scheduling an appointment today at (561) 473-9800, or complete our online form to book your consultation.
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