Understanding Your Rights
For most, deciding whether to seek medical treatment is not always easy. Even the idea of visiting a hospital may bring a feeling of anxiety or fear. However, in some cases, seeking medical treatment is necessary and the right decision to make. When visiting a hospital, you expect to be treated with the proper care and attention you rightfully deserve, unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Medical Negligence is defined as the act of providing medical services that fall below the accepted standard of practice. If a medical professional fall below this standard, and you suffer injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Here, in Redemption Law, we have the knowledge and expertise to pinpoint and determine whether you have been a victim of medical negligence and how to build your case so the defendant is held liable for your injuries, not the other way around. We know that negligence may result from a multitude of situations:
- An error of diagnosis or treatment
- Failing to diagnose a serious or life-threatening illness
- Prescribing the wrong drug
- Performing surgery or a medical procedure negligently
- Even failing to refer the patient to a specialist
When handling your case, we put everything on the table and fight to make sure you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Money Damages May Be Awarded
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to economic damages, non-economic damages as well as punitive damages.
Economic damages refer to your current out-of-pocket costs, as well as reasonably foreseeable future costs. Some examples of economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.
Non-economic damages are funds awarded to victims to compensate for the intangible negative impact of their injuries. Some examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in similar actions.
Punitive damages may be awarded if a court finds that the defendant’s conduct was so deplorable or malicious that such damages should be awarded to the victim. Be aware that the defendant’s egregious conduct must be directly related to the victim’s injuries to give rise to punitive damages.
When Must You File Your Claim?
Florida has codified a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice causes of action. However, if fraud, concealment, or intentional misrepresentation of fact prevented the discovery of the injury, the period of limitations is extended forward two years from the time that the injury is discovered or should have been discovered with the exercise of due diligence, but in no event shall exceed seven years from the date the incident giving rise to the injury occurred. The only exception to this rule is when the claimant is a minor age eight or younger, in which case the seven-year period does not bar an action brought on behalf of a minor on or before the child’s eighth birthday.
Let us help you get the most out of your case
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, contact our office today so we can help you get the most out of your case. Call or email us to schedule a free, confidential consultation so we can help evaluate your case and introduce you to our team. Every minute counts, so don’t wait and contact us today!