Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fort Lauderdale
When your medical care ends up causing you harm instead of treating an illness or injury, you need the help of a skilled lawyer who understands the intricacies and complications involved in Florida medical malpractice cases. Doctors and other medical professionals are not expected to be miracle workers, but they are expected to perform their jobs exercising a level of skill, responsibility, and knowledge that is reasonable based upon generally accepted medical standards. You may not have the in-depth medical training necessary to know exactly what went wrong in your case, but it is important to understand that you have the right to hold medical professionals accountable for negligent care that causes you to suffer unnecessarily.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we understand that there is no amount of money that can make up for the pain and suffering caused by a serious and long-lasting injury, but we fight tirelessly to hold the medical professionals who have caused your injury responsible for their actions. The skill and experience possessed by a lawyer is particularly important in complicated medical malpractice cases, and our lawyers have decades’ worth of experience successfully helping clients recover compensation in these cases so that they can move on with their lives.
Common Issues Driving South Florida Medical Malpractice Claims & Lawsuits
Medical malpractice can take on many forms but generally occurs when a doctor, nurse, technician or some other medical professional does not adhere to generally accepted standards developed by the medical community. Medical malpractice that may provide grounds for recovering compensation from the medical provider include:
- Emergency room errors
- Surgical errors, such as leaving equipment in the patient or operating on the wrong body part
- Failure to properly identify or diagnose a condition
- Prescription drug errors
- Birth injuries
- Unreasonable delays in diagnosing a condition
- Failure to ask about allergies or the patient’s medical history
- Failure to obtain proper consent before performing a procedure
- Use of faulty or unsanitary medical equipment
- Incorrect administration of anesthesia
- Delayed C-Sections
- And more
Committed to Improving Patient Safety in South Florida
Proving that your injuries were caused by medical malpractice can be complex, but the lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey have the experience and the resources necessary to handle even the most complicated medical malpractice claims. We put the full force of our resources to work in every medical malpractice case we take on, and will:
- Analyze your medical records
- Consult with reputable medical experts to identify the relevant standard of care in your case
- Evaluate the medical facility or doctor’s record to identify any pattern of malpractice
- Advocate on your behalf with the team of defense attorneys and insurance adjusters employed by the medical facility or doctor
- Fight for your rights in court if necessary
Obtaining Maximum Compensation for Medical Malpractice Claims & Lawsuits
For our lawyers, medical malpractice cases are about more than just securing the compensation that you need to move forward—we are serious about holding medical professionals responsible for their negligent actions so that we can help ensure the safety of all South Florida patients. To do this, we fight to maximize compensation awards in every single medical malpractice case we take on and believe that by holding medical professionals financially accountable to the fullest extent of the law, we will encourage the responsible behavior that we expect from our trusted doctors and medical teams. We will work to obtain compensation for your:
- Medical expenses, including additional costs for treating the harm caused by the malpractice
- Rehabilitative care
- In-home modifications made necessary by serious harm
- Lost wages and employment benefits
- Lost future earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of support or consortium, and funeral expenses, in a wrongful death case
Call Today for a Free Initial Consultation
If you have concerns about the treatment you received in a hospital or other medical facility, schedule a free initial consultation with our Fort Lauderdale-area medical malpractice lawyers today. You can tell us what happened in your case by filling out this brief online contact form and we will get back to you promptly, or call our offices to schedule an appointment today. If you are still recovering from your injuries, we are willing to travel to the hospital or your home to meet if you prefer. Make sure to do your homework and hire one of the best medical malpractice lawyers in Fort Lauderdale.
Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Medical Malpractice Claims
The answer to this question will vary based upon the specific facts of your case. More complex medical malpractice cases may take years to resolve, especially if a trial is required to resolve the case. The time that it will take will vary based upon the injuries or illness you have sustained, the strength of the evidence in your case, the availability of medical experts and the specific insurance company, hospital and/or medical facility involved. Some cases are relatively clear-cut and can be resolved quickly, but others will take time and resources—both of which our medical malpractice lawyers are willing to use for our clients.
Under Florida law, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is technically two years from the date of harm, or the date you discovered that some type of malpractice caused your injury or illness. Despite this, Florida law also imposes what is known as a “statute of repose”, under which you must bring a medical malpractice lawsuit within four years of the date the malpractice occurred—in other words, the Florida legislature makes a determination that you should discover your harm within four years after the date of the malpractice, and essentially imposes this additional limit to prevent frivolous lawsuits. Exceptions to the general time periods do exist if the doctor or medical provider committed fraud or tried to conceal an error.