If you believe that you have been injured as a result of a health care professional’s negligence and you are considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you most definitely will want to consult with an experienced and qualified lawyer in Pembroke Pines. Medical malpractice is a specialty practice that requires an attorney to possess a significant amount of medical knowledge and stay current on the latest rulings. Not every personal injury law firm in Pembroke Pines is qualified to handle medical malpractice cases.
So now we know you need a specialist to represent you. The next question is do you have a case?
In Florida that means:
- A physician or other medical professional made an error while treating you
- You were harmed by that error
That seems pretty simple but it isn’t. Because policy limits on malpractice insurance tend to be high, insurance companies will throw everything they have at getting the suit dismissed before they attack the merits of the case. You can expect a medical malpractice lawsuit to take a long time to resolve.
Top 5 FAQs We Receive About Medical Malpractice
Pursuing a medical malpractice case can be confusing. We thought it would be helpful to provide the answers to the most common questions on medical malpractice that we get from our clients:
Q1: Can you sue someone other than a doctor for malpractice?
A: Absolutely. Anyone or any entity that provides health care is exposed to a medical malpractice suit. This would include anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, hospitals, clinics and others.
Q2: What is medical negligence?
A: If you are injured as a result of an act or omission like a misdiagnosis or the wrong treatment, then you have to prove that error was the result of a breach of generally accepted method used by medical professionals under similar circumstances. This is where expert witnesses and the results of recent decisions become exceptionally important.
Q3: Do Malpractice Cases Usually Go To Court?
A: Malpractice cases rarely settle. They are big ticket exposures for insurance companies and they will spare no expense to drag out the process. If a case is particularly strong the insurance company may settle rather than risk a jury verdict, otherwise they will drive up expenses for the plaintiff and take the case to trial.
Q4: Is There an Average Amount that Malpractice Suits Settle For?
A: The short answer is no. Cases are based on the severity of the injury and the strength of the case. While Martin, Lister & Alvarez will take a case to the mat we do not force clients to go to court. If they want to take a settlement offer that we believe is under a fair amount we will advise against it but obviously the decision belongs to the client.
Q5: How much does it cost to pursue a medical malpractice case?
A: Most attorneys, including us, will take the case on contingency meaning the client pays nothing until the case is settled or a favorable verdict is rendered. Malpractice lawsuits are significantly more expensive to pursue than other types of personal injury cases. That’s why attorneys will carefully review the case before agreeing to representation.
We hope this FAQ helps you. If you believe you have a case we invite you to submit our case review form today. We will be back to you promptly!