Tamarac Medical Malpractice Attorney
Whether you’re visiting your doctor for a routine check-up or yearly physical, for treatment for an ailment that’s non-critical (like a cold), or for something more intense, like cancer, you expect your doctor to treat you with a high level of care. What’s more, you probably never expect your doctor to make a mistake–especially a serious one that puts your life or health in jeopardy–when you seek care.
But doctors do make serious mistakes, and patients are often harmed as a result of malpractice. If you’ve been harmed by a doctor’s actions, our Tamarac medical malpractice attorney can help.
Elements of a Medical Malpractice Claim
In a medical malpractice claim, you (the plaintiff) are asserting that the doctor (defendant) caused you harm that you would not have suffered anyway due to an act of malpractice. To win your case, you will need to prove that:
- The doctor breached the medical standard of care owed to you;
- The breach was the proximate cause of your harm; and
- You suffered damages as a result.
One of the most important elements is establishing the medical standard of care and then proving that the defendant breached it.
What Is the Medical Standard of Care?
The medical standard of care is the standard that is used in all medical malpractice claims, and refers to the standard of care that a physician/healthcare professional of similar background, training, and education would exercise when treating a patient suffering from the same condition as the plaintiff in question. In Florida, the state requires that a plaintiff not only serve an intent of lawsuit to the healthcare provider prior to suing in court, but also that the plaintiff file an affidavit from a qualified medical professional that states that the claim is valid, and that there is indeed evidence that the defendant breached the standard of care.
Damages Recoverable in a Medical Malpractice Suit
When you suffer a serious injury as a result of a healthcare professional’s actions, you deserve to be compensated for that harm. Our lawyer will work hard to get you the full value of compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other economic and noneconomic damages you have suffered.
Time Limit for Bringing Forth a Medical Malpractice Action
It’s important that you act quickly if you are a victim of medical malpractice, as the clock on the statute of limitations will start ticking from the moment the harm occurs. In Florida, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years from the date that you discovered the injury.
Call The Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. Today
If you are bringing a claim against a healthcare professional, you’ll need a skilled lawyer on your side who can represent you – you can guarantee that the doctor will have a lawyer working for them. To learn more about how our Tamarac medical malpractice lawyer can help you, please call us today. We work on a contingency fee basis.