Were You or a Loved One Injured by Medical Malpractice in Boca Raton, FL?
When we are sick or need medical attention we trust that doctors, medical staff, and hospitals will do everything they can to treat us safely and with a high standard of care. If that level of care and safety is breached due to a negligent or malicious act, resulting in further injuries or death of a patient, those liable may be subject to medical malpractice claims under Florida law.
Sadly, medical malpractice in the United States is not uncommon. A John Hopkins study found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in an estimated 250,000 or more deaths per year. To make matters worse, it’s not uncommon for healthcare professionals to try and hide their mistakes to avoid a legal issue.
It’s important to know that not all negative medical outcomes are considered “malpractice” under the law, regardless of severity. Human error and accidents happen and Florida injury statutes require that there be substantial evidence of negligence, malice, or a sub-standard care to warrant a malpractice lawsuit. In fact, Boca Raton has some of the most strict laws in the nation with regards to malpractice claims.
Despite the difficulties of pursuing medical lawsuits in Boca Raton, our law firm still chooses to specialize in this area of law. We’ve won 100s of cases for clients all across Florida, helping people recover the compensation they need and deserve to live their lives as comfortably and normally as possible.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a medical mistake, prescription drug, or other healthcare negligence, you need an experienced Boca Raton medical malpractice attorney on your side. Contact our firm today for a free case review. If we accept your case, you pay nothing until we win.
What is Considered Medical Malpractice Under Florida Law?
A valid medical malpractice claim under Florida law must meet these four requirements:
- The defendant is a healthcare provider who owed the injured patient a legal duty of care
- The healthcare provider’s actions deviated from or fell below the required standard of care, breaching the legal duty of care owed
- The healthcare provider’s breach of the required standard of care caused or contributed to causing injury to the patient
- The injured patient suffered damages because of the injuries
Generally, to be considered malpractice you will need to prove negligence, meaning that the care provided by a healthcare professional or medical facility was below the prevailing standard of care within the medical profession. Regardless of the level of damage done or type of injury, medical malpractice cases are notoriously difficult to win in Boca Raton. Not only are the cases complex, requiring both extensive medical and legal knowledge, but the laws concerning negligence in Florida tend to favor the medical industry.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Boca Raton Involve:
- Anesthesiologist Error
- Birth Injuries
- Bowel Perforation
- Brachial Plexus
- C-Section Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Defective Joint Implants
- Defective Medical Devices
- Delayed Or Prolonged Surgery
- Detached Placenta
- Doctor Malpractice
- Eclampsia & Pre-Eclampsia
- Erb’s Palsy
- Failure to Diagnose
- Forceps or Vacuum Extraction
- Gallbladder Surgery Error
- Home Health Care
- Hospital Bedsores
- Hospital Infection
- Hospital Malpractice
- Hospital Negligence
- Hospital Nurse Errors
- Hysterectomy Error
- Improper Delivery Technique
- Improper Fetal Monitoring
- Infant Anoxia & Hypoxia
- Infant Brain Injury
- Infant Cephalohematoma
- Insufficient Supervision
- Klumpke’s Palsy
- Laparoscopic Surgery Injury
- Medical Misdiagnosis
- Medication Errors
- Nursing Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Nursing Home Bedsores
- Nursing Home Malnutrition
- Nursing Home Falls
- OB-GYN Malpractice
- Organ Puncture or Perforation
- Over-Prescribed Medication
- Pediatric Malpractice
- Postoperative Care Error
- Prescription Drug Injury
- Prostate Surgery
- Retained Foreign Objects
- Robotic Surgery
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Wrong Area Surgery
- Surgical Errors
You Need a Boca Raton Medical Lawyer That Knows the Laws
The medical community has many deterrents in place to avoid being found accountable for its mistakes. Our Florida medical malpractice attorneys know how to remove these obstacles using the legal and medical systems together.
We have established a reputation among the medical community and insurance companies as being skilled and tenacious trial lawyers – this tends to make the defendant parties more agreeable to offering fair and agreeable compensation upfront.
That said, we never settle for less than you deserve and have no issues taking your case to trial if that’s what is needed. Our priority is to get the care you need and the compensation you are entitled to for the harm done and the impact it has had on your life.
What Should You Do if You Think You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you feel that you have a medical malpractice claim in Boca Raton it is important to do everything possible to preserve the evidence related to your claim. This means gathering medical records, seeking second opinions, subpoenaing witnesses, and most importantly – filing your claim before the statute of limitations expires.
First, you should gather all the evidence you currently have including copies of all of your medical records, your medical bills, bills associated with your medical injury, and start journaling all of your physical symptoms. Make sure to include dates in your journal.
Second, if you are in pain you should seek the care of another physician. Not seeking treatment for an injury that later becomes worse could actually hinder your claim.
Finally, contact our medical attorneys as soon as possible. Because of the time limit on malpractice cases in Boca Raton it’s crucial that our attorneys begin researching your claim as soon as possible. It can often take weeks to receive all of the information we need, have our medical experts review your medical records, and then determine if you have a claim.
Realizing that you or a loved one were harmed due to a medical error can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. You don’t have to face this difficult time alone or with uncertainty. Contact our law firm today for a free case review. Even if we cannot accept your case, we can provide answers and helpful information that can guide your next steps.
Boca Raton Attorneys Specializing in Medical Malpractice Litigation
Howard Grossman has over 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases involving serious medical injuries, defective medical products, pharmaceutical litigation, and wrongful death. Her medical law firm has been recognized throughout the Boca Raton legal community for its commitment to excellence in law and dedicated work on behalf of her clients.
While other Boca Raton personal injury attorneys refer out most of their medical malpractice cases due to their difficulty, Grossman Attorneys at Law is focused primarily on these cases. Decades of experience in this area of law have given us unique insight and litigation skills that not only set us apart from other law firms, but established our reputation as one of the best plaintiff medical malpractice law firms in Florida.
If you’re looking for medical attorneys that will handle your case with a personal touch, have decades of experience, and are dedicated to getting you fair and just compensation for your losses and injuries with the least amount of inconvenience to you – then call Grossman Attorneys at Law today.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Boca Raton Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
It costs nothing up front to hire our dedicated medical malpractice lawyers. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we only receive a percentage of your settlement or verdict once we win or settle your case*. When you contact us for a free case review, we will be able to provide you exact details on our fee structure as it relates to your claim.
How Our Lawyers Can Help With Your Medical Malpractice Case
At Grossman Attorneys at Law we don’t judge our success based on the number of cases won – we base it on the positive impact we have on our clients’ lives. That starts with handling your case with a personal touch and constant support. We keep you up-to-date on your case and deal with all the aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering and getting back to your life.
Finding Evidence and Proving Negligence Caused the Malpractice
Medical injuries are difficult to prove and require sufficient evidence that the standard of care was not upheld causing injury or death. Our lawyers will assist with gathering evidence, and can usually go much further than the average person representing their own case. Our legal staff and medical experts will take the time to investigate every angle, using their knowledge to find anything that may have otherwise gone overlooked. This results in a thorough collection and documentation of various forms of proof for your case.
Hiring Medical Experts as Witness for Your Malpractice Case
Expert witnesses are industry specialists who are hired to offer their professional opinion in cases where their expertise may be useful. In medical malpractice cases, an expert witness provides technical, healthcare-specific insight that could prove negligence. With the extra evidence that they can provide, these experts tend to be crucial for successful outcomes.
Typically, injury lawyers provide a professional opinion outside of their own by calling in expert witnesses. It’s not uncommon for a defendant’s legal team to change their strategy depending on who is hired as an expert witness. Our top-rated Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyers have some of the most well regarded medical experts in the nation at their disposal to assist with your case.
Negotiating a Fair Settlement with Medical Providers and their Malpractice Insurance
Not all medical injury suits in Boca Raton immediately go to court, and in most cases it is beneficial to attempt to negotiate a settlement before involving the court at all.
That said, medical mistakes can have terrible consequences and often cause lifelong pain, suffering, and disability for those who were injured. This can be costly both financially and emotionally, and in ways that you may never have considered. Our medical lawyers are adept at revealing all the many ways your injuries will impact your life and calculating just compensation amounts for these hardships.
In general, negotiations are usually faster and for higher amounts with an experienced medical attorney on your side. Additionally, we can help you decide whether or not a settlement is reasonable, depending on your level of damages and suffering.
Handling 3rd Parties Related to Your Medical Injuries
If you’ve suffered an injury or personal loss you should be focusing on recovery and healing, not the stress of a lawsuit. That’s why our staff will help you deal with parties involved including insurance companies, bill collectors, and even your employer.
If you’re dealing with medical bills related to your malpractice claim we can request that these accounts be deferred while in litigation. If certain bills cannot be deferred then we will pay them to avoid them going into collections. Repayment will come out of your settlement.
Prepare Your Medical Malpractice Case for Trial
If negotiations are unsuccessful, we will begin preparing your case for trial. This includes gathering any additional documents, taking depositions, subpoenaing witnesses and documents, and hiring expert witnesses to testify.
We know how to navigate medical litigation, what tactics the defense will attempt to use, and how to win these cases in trial when necessary.
We take into account all the details of your case, and show the life-long impact of your injuries as a dollar amount to the court. Our lawyers are here to help you fight and get the justice you deserve all at no cost to you.*
How Much Time Do You Have To File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Boca Raton?
In Boca Raton you have just two years to file your medical malpractice claim. This is known as the Statute of Limitations and has only a few exceptions.
That means that a medical malpractice claim must be filed no later than two years after the negligent act or omission occurred. This deadline may be increased to seven years for cases that involved intentional misrepresentation, fraud, or concealment by a health care provider. In the case of a minor child, a claim can be filed up until the age of eight.
One of the few exceptions to the two year statute of limitations is if the medical injury happened to someone under the age of 8. A lawsuit may be filed on the minors behalf anytime before their 8th birthday. For example, if your child was injured due to negligence when they were 2 you’d have 6 years to file your claim in Florida.
Exceptions are extremely rare so if you believe you’ve been injured due to medical malpractice contact our experienced attorneys today.
What Makes a Good Medical Malpractice Case in Boca Raton?
For a successful medical malpractice claim in Florida a doctor or hospital must have been clearly negligent in connection with a medical injury or additional diagnosis. You must be able to show that a medical professional caused you harm in a way that a competent one under the same circumstances would not have.
If you’re unsure if you have a medical malpractice case, contact us for a free case evaluation.
Contact Our No Win No Fee Boca Raton Medical Malpractice Law Firm for a Free Case Review
If you suspect that you or a loved one sustained an injury or worse due to a medical error, we urge you to contact our law offices as soon as possible. We will research your claim for free and give you an honest and professional opinion about the viability of your case.
We have offices across Florida but in most cases you won’t even need to leave your home. If we do need to meet in person, our attorneys will travel to your location. Call now to get the answers you deserve.