Medical Malpractice Lawyers Hollywood, FL
Dedicated Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight for Justice Against Negligent Medical Professionals in Hollywood and South Florida
Some studies show that medical malpractice causes more deaths in the United States each year than car accidents—and while this statistic alone is shocking, this does not even account for the millions of malpractice victims who suffer from the consequences of medical malpractice in their everyday lives for the rest of their lives. Negligent medical care can worsen an existing condition, create the need for painful and unnecessary treatment or even leave victims suffering from new and painful conditions that can last a lifetime.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our medical malpractice lawyers want to keep Hollywood and the surrounding South Florida communities safe from negligent doctors and medical professionals. At some point, all of us will have to rely upon the skills and knowledge of our doctors—without formal medical training, we really have no alternative than to trust that our doctors will take their professional duties seriously and provide the best care possible. When doctors fail in this duty, we feel a responsibility to help you hold them accountable for that failure, both to make sure you receive the financial compensation that you deserve and to keep others safe from suffering similar consequences.
Examples of Medical Malpractice in Hollywood, Florida
Not every bad outcome in medicine occurs because of medical malpractice—the medical professional’s actions must fail to satisfy the relevant standards of care developed by the medical community in order to proceed with a valid medical malpractice case. Every medical malpractice case is unique, and our lawyers have decades’ worth of experience successfully helping clients recovering compensation for medical malpractice in Hollywood, including in cases involving:
- Medication and prescription drug errors,
- Anesthesia errors,
- Failure to obtain proper patient consent,
- Failure to communicate all of the relevant risks and information to the
- Surgical errors,
- Delayed cancer diagnosis,
- Misdiagnosis cases,
- Birth injuries and delayed C-section cases,
- Emergency room errors,
- Radiology errors,
- And more.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advocate for Clients’ Rights Throughout the Entire Legal Process of Recovery in Hollywood, FL
Once we have met with you and reviewed the facts of your case and determined that you have a valid claim for medical malpractice under Florida’s legal requirements, we will handle every aspect of the fight to get justice in your case, including:
- Taking all necessary steps to preserve every piece of relevant evidence in your case, including doctor’s notes, test results, prescription drug records, admission and discharge records, as well as any available witness testimony,
- Reviewing your medical records and consulting with medical experts to build a strong case for recovering compensation,
- Completing and delivering all affidavits and necessary paperwork to proceed with your case,
- Keeping you apprised of every aspect of your case progress,
- Preparing a demand package and attempting to negotiate with the malpractice insurance companies and defense lawyers,
- Taking all steps to prepare for trial if necessary.
Available compensation in a Hollywood, Florida Medical Malpractice Case
Three primary types of compensation may be available once we have successfully established that the doctor, hospital or medical professional committed medical malpractice, including:
- Economic damages. Economic damages in a medical malpractice case involve quantifiable amounts to make you whole again—or as whole as possible under the circumstances. These include medical expenses, rehabilitative care, prescription drug costs, lost wages, lost earning capacity and any ongoing costs caused by the malpractice.
- Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages include damages for pain and suffering and any emotional damage caused by the malpractice.
- Punitive damages. Punitive damages are specifically designed to punish the person who committed malpractice and are only available in Florida medical malpractice cases where the person’s actions were especially unconscionable so that the malpractice accounted to gross negligence.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Our Skilled Hollywood Medical Malpractice Lawyers
We provide a free initial consultation to all of our potential clients so that you can explain what happened in your case and we can begin to get a sense of whether you were harmed because of actions that amount to medical malpractice. If you suspect that you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Hollywood or elsewhere in South Florida, schedule your consultation today so that we can begin evaluating your case. You can call us, or fill out this brief online contact form and we will respond promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Claims in Hollywood, FL
FAQ: Why is timing so important in a Hollywood, Florida medical malpractice case?
While it is important to begin preparing any personal injury case as soon as possible in order to preserve all relevant evidence to make the strongest possible case, time is especially critical in medical malpractice cases. Because of perceived abuses in the system, and to prevent frivolous lawsuits, the Florida legislature has created strict timelines that apply in medical malpractice cases. For example, we only have a two-year period from the date that you knew of the medical malpractice, or should have known of the malpractice, in order to have your case evaluated by other medical experts and prepare and serve an affidavit to this effect on the allegedly negligent doctor who caused you harm. Even if you do not discover the malpractice for years, Florida law places a firm time limit of four years on your ability to file a medical malpractice case. This may seem like a lot of time, but medical malpractice cases can be extremely complicated and do, by their nature, take time.
FAQ: Is there a cap on the amount of compensatory damages I can recover in a medical malpractice case?
Florida never capped the amount of economic damages that could be recovered in a medical malpractice case but did previously cap the amount of non-economic (i.e., pain and suffering) damages available at $500,000 in most cases. However, the Florida Supreme Court recently struck down this cap as unconstitutional, so the cap no longer applies unless additional actions are taken to reinstate the cap.