When we are sick and injured, we put all of our trust into the medical professionals we seek out. It is not only very tragic, but frightening when the people we trust with our lives do something wrong that results in us being hurt more. Medical malpractice is a horrible situation to be in and we want to express to you our deepest sympathies. Our Pensacola medical malpractice attorneys are here to help you fight against the liable party to get you the compensation that you deserve. We know how difficult this can be and we want to make this easier. After you read about your medical malpractice case, please give our office a call to set up a free consultation.
Florida Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
If you have been injured or harmed by a medical profession, it is so important for you to be aware of the statute of limitations. You are permitted two years from the date of your incident to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. Medical malpractice is a little unique because sometimes the negligence that caused you harm is not always very apparent. For example, if your pharmacist filled the wrong medication for you, it might take some time for you to discover that you are a victim of medical malpractice. In this instance, you would have two years from the date that you discovered, or should have reasonably discovered, the malpractice to bring your case. That allows for some lenience in the law here. You may have four years from when your incident happened, depending on the circumstances.
How Medical Malpractice Compensation Works
If you win your medical malpractice case, you will be entitled to collect damages which will financially compensate you for your injuries. You can receive economic damages for your medical bills and your lost wages if you have had to miss time at work. You can also collect non-economic damages which would include your pain and suffering. Sometimes, you may even be able to seek compensation in the form of punitive damages if the goal is to punish the healthcare professional who caused you harm. That would be necessary if there was negligence out of malice.
Unfortunately, Florida law states that there is a cap to the amount of compensation that you are able to collect from the defendant. You will be capped at $500,000 for your non-economic damages from any individual healthcare provider.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
In the medical field, unfortunately there are a lot of different things that can go wrong. Medical malpractice is sort of an umbrella term that encompasses a lot of different possible scenarios. Our Pensacola medical malpractice attorneys are experienced in handling all sorts of medical malpractice cases. The most common medical malpractice cases include:
- Failing to diagnose or delayed diagnosis
- Failing to treat a condition
- Errors in surgery
- Injuries during labor or birth
- Product liability for medical or surgical tools
It is a devastating thing for this to happen to you and we want to express our deepest sympathy that you have had to endure pain and suffering because of someone else’s negligence. Especially someone whose hands you put your life into. You need to make sure that, whatever happened to you, you seek the help of a trusted doctor to care for you. We understand that there may be some trepidation with the idea, but you have to get better, and this is the only way to do it.
Talking to the Liable Company’s Insurance Company
You should not, under any circumstances, talk to the liable party’s insurance company. You do not want to give them a recorded statement when they come calling to you. It is imperative that you do not do this, as it has the potential of ruining your case. If the insurance company asks you to speak to them, it is to benefit themselves, not you. No matter how much they seem pleasant and helpful, understand that their job is to try to save money for themselves. If they can get you to answer questions in an unfavorable way, they can reduce their responsibility to you, thus allowing them to give you less compensation for your damages. The best thing you can do when they call is have your attorney take over all communication.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been injured due to the negligent care of a medical professional, please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our Pensacola medical malpractice attorneys. We are more than happy to sit down with you and go over the details of your case. Our goal is to get you the best possible outcome and the fullest and fairest amount of compensation.