Bailey & Glasser, LLP advocates for patients who suffer injuries, illnesses, pain, suffering, and financial losses due to medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice team has tried over 100 of these cases to verdict and collectively has more than 100 years of experience. We represent individuals and families with devastating losses as a result of medical negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice in Lakeland, Florida, seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Contact us for a free case consultation.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a tort, or act of wrongdoing, that occurs when a health care practitioner or facility fails to provide a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances, resulting in patient injury or death. To prove medical malpractice, you or your attorney must establish that you and the defendant had a doctor-patient relationship at the time of the event, a violation of the doctor’s standard of care occurred, your injury was caused by the violation and you suffered significant damages as a result.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can take a variety of forms depending on the situation. Any lapse in the required standard of patient care could lead to a devastating injury. Common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia error
- Birth injuries
- Defective medical devices
- Delayed diagnosis
- Emergency room mistakes
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat
- Foreign objects left behind in the body
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Lack of informed consent
- Medication mistake
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Surgical error
- Unnecessary surgery
- Wrong site or wrong patient surgery
Any of these issues could lead to a lawsuit in Lakeland. The person or party named as the defendant in the lawsuit could be the individual practitioner or the health care center, based on the situation. It could also be a medical device or product manufacturer.
What Compensation Is Available for Medical Malpractice?
If you or a loved one gets injured due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation for various losses. Each case is unique. The potential value of your claim is something that you should discuss with an attorney before accepting an insurance settlement.
Based on the extent of your injuries and other elements, the following types of compensation may be available:
- Past and future medical costs
- Necessary revision surgeries or procedures
- Disability costs
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our trial attorneys can take an aggressive approach to your medical malpractice claim to pursue the highest dollar value through negotiation or verdict. We also front the expenses of litigation when pursuing these cases; we only accept payment when our clients are successful in obtaining financial recovery.
What Is the Statute of Limitations?
A statute of limitations is a legal deadline that must be met to have a valid medical malpractice claim. In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim is two years from the date of the malpractice or the date that the injury was discovered or should have been discovered through reasonable diligence. Failure to file within your deadline may result in your claim being barred forever. To learn more about how a medical malpractice claim works in Florida, read our free FAQ brochure.
Request a Free Consultation With a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice in Lakeland, Florida, contact Bailey & Glasser, LLP. We can help you pursue the compensation and justice you deserve for your injuries. Our attorneys understand the complexities of medical malpractice claims and have the resources to build a strong case on your behalf. Call our Florida law office location at (727) 894-6745 today to request a free case consultation.