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Has a medical professional’s inaction, misdiagnosis, or negligence devastated your life or the life of a cherished loved one? If so, the team at Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann wants to assure you that you are not alone in your fight to receive justice and compensation in your medical malpractice case.

At Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann, we have extensive experience in successfully litigating medical malpractice cases. Our Sarasota medical malpractice attorneys want to make sure that the professional who changed your life forever will not get away with their negligent behavior.

Reach out to our team today for your free, no-obligation medical malpractice case review.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

In a standard medical malpractice case, there usually needs to be the following four elements present to bring the case successfully:

  1. The victim was receiving care from the defending medical professional
  2. The defendant provided sub-standard care that could be classified as negligent
  3. The defendant’s negligent care caused the victim’s injuries
  4. The victim suffered harm that could be constituted as damages

Examples Of Medical Malpractice Claims

While these are not necessarily injuries stemming from a doctor’s action or inaction, these are examples of the types of behavior that could lead to negative health outcomes:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed Diagnosis
  • Failure to Treat
  • Prescription Drug Errors (Wrong Prescription, Improper Dosage, Allergic Reaction)
  • Procedure or Surgical Errors

Each of these overarching categories can have variants of how specifically the medical professional acted negligently, but the core result is the same – the negligence of this third party caused injuries in a medical setting.

Specific Injuries That Could Constitute Medical Malpractice

Examples of injuries that could result from an instance of medical malpractice:

Just because a patient has this type of injury that does not constitute medical malpractice. It is only medical malpractice (sometimes referred to as med mal) if the physician or medical professional is directly at-fault for causing these injuries.

Proving Medical Malpractice In Florida Court

There’s a reason why many states across the country, including Florida, require physicians and health care providers to carry medical malpractice insurance.

Medical malpractice insurance covers the attorney fees, settlement, arbitration and court costs, and potential damages arising from a medical malpractice case.

Many providers and hospital groups will try to settle medical malpractice cases out of court.

But if a medical malpractice case goes to court, the case largely hinges on the concept of expert witness testimony.

Here’s how expert witness testimony will play out in a medical malpractice case in the trial stage:

  1. There will be a presentation of expert testimony from other expert witness healthcare providers who can testify as to the appropriate standard of care in the specific circumstances at issue
  2. They will explain how the defendant healthcare provider’s actions or inactions fell below the standard of care
  3. After the presentation of the expert testimony, the case will go through more rounds of witnesses and closing statements before a jury verdict is reached.

Such expert witness testimony is key to proving that medical malpractice has occurred. This is because experts can testify to the appropriate standard of care in these conditions.

Why Would A Medical Malpractice Case Not Need An Expert Witness?

In some medical malpractice cases, there is no need for a board-certified expert witness. These cases are when it is obvious to a layperson with no medical training that a provider violated a standard of care. This is a rule called res ipsa loquitur (Latin for “the thing speaks for itself”).

Examples of instances where res ipsa loquitur may apply include if a patient was sexually assaulted under the care of a provider or if a surgical instrument was left inside a patient’s body after the procedure was concluded.

In both examples, an individual without extensive medical training would know that what the provider did was negligent or malfeasant.

Statute Of Limitations In Florida Medical Malpractice Cases

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases was originally four years from when the incident or injury was made known. However, as of March 2023, the statue of limitations has been reduced from four years to two years.

The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases has remained two years starting from the time of death.

We strongly encourage anyone seeking to bring a medical malpractice case to a successful resolution to contact a trusted legal partner like Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann as soon as possible.

How Much Is My Medical Malpractice Case Worth?

An ethical legal practitioner or firm would tell you plainly that it is difficult to estimate the value of a medical malpractice case. Those who claim they can do so without working with a client first are not a firm to work with.

However, despite this, it is possible to look at the larger body of data regarding medical malpractice cases to provide some average figures for medical malpractice cases. In data and statistical research performed by the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal, researchers found that there was an average compensation award of:

  • $329,565 for All Specialties
  • $469,222 for Neurosurgery
  • $432,959 for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Many states have damages caps on medical malpractice cases which brings down the averages for medical malpractice cases. Florida used to have a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases, though this was ruled unconstitutional and unfair by the Florida Supreme Court in 2017.

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Trust Your Case To The Sarasota Medical Malpractice Attorneys Of Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann

To properly evaluate a medical malpractice case, you must consult an attorney who can help you understand your legal options and guide you through determining liability and seeking compensation. There’s no better firm for medical malpractice cases than Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann.

At Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann, we have a proven track record with success in settlements and jury verdicts. With over $100 million in compensation won for our clients, you can rest assured that we will do what we can for those we represent.

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