Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, occurs when a doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider injures a patient because they failed to adhere to the proper standard of medical care. The results of a medical procedure or treatment are never guaranteed, and a bad outcome does not necessarily mean malpractice occurred. Malpractice happens when the patient’s harm is due to neglect or substandard medical care, which can be difficult for people without medical training to determine. Medical malpractice cases are therefore some of the most complicated personal injury and wrongful death matters to resolve.
Doctors and hospitals don’t always admit when they are wrong, and sometimes they go to great lengths to hide their malpractice from the injured patient. At Sarah Steinbaum PA, our experienced medical malpractice legal team works with medical experts to find out what went wrong and determine whether medical negligence was to blame. We put together a strong case that proves the medical provider’s liability so we can secure valuable compensation for our clients while forcing hospitals to improve their practices and prevent future instances of malpractice from happening to others. If you have been harmed by medical negligence at a doctor’s office, hospital, clinic, or surgery center, or if you lost a loved one because of a doctor or hospital’s inexcusable mistake, call Sarah Steinbaum PA to consult with an experienced and successful Florida medical malpractice attorney.
Medical Malpractice Cases Require Skilled and Knowledgeable Attorneys
By law, medical malpractice claims can’t be brought in Florida until the attorney filing the action has conducted a reasonable investigation and formed a good faith belief of negligence in care or treatment that caused the claimed injury. This often involves consulting with a medical professional before the attorney is comfortable filing the certificate of counsel with the court. It is therefore critical at the outset to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in medical malpractice claims and can conduct this investigation appropriately.
Medical malpractice claims also proceed differently than other cases involving personal injury or wrongful death, such as motor vehicle accidents, premises liability or product liability. While most personal injury claims have a four-year statute of limitations, the deadline for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years from the date of the injury or when the malpractice was discovered, with a four-year outer limit. Potential defendants must also be provided with a pre-suit notice and given 90 days to investigate and offer to settle the claim. Additionally, there is a period of informal discovery and mandatory mediation that many personal injury lawyers will be unfamiliar with. Sarah Steinbaum PA practices extensively in the area of medical malpractice and is thoroughly knowledgeable in how to handle these matters and meet the demands of Florida medical malpractice law.
Comprehensive Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyer
According to Florida law, all healthcare facilities, including hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, have a duty to assure the competence of their medical staff and personnel through careful selection and review, and they are liable for a failure to exercise due care in fulfilling these duties. Sarah Steinbaum PA holds hospitals and medical professionals liable for their avoidable mistakes in a variety of settings, including:
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency Room mistakes
- Improper treatment
- Failure to monitor patient
- Birth injuries
Nobody looks forward to going to the dentist even for a routine check-up and cleaning, much less a filling or a root canal. When everything goes right, dental procedures can range from unpleasant to painful. When dentists make mistakes, however, the situation can be much worse. Negligent or substandard dental care can lead to serious damage such as the extraction of healthy teeth, nerve damage, and failure to diagnose or treat infections, gum disease, or oral cancer. Dental malpractice is even responsible for hundreds of deaths every year. To repair the damage done, dental errors are also likely to require further invasive treatment, including revision surgeries, on top of the pain and trauma suffered due to the malpractice. Sarah Steinbaum PA helps dental malpractice victims understand what went wrong and hold dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons and other dental professionals accountable for the preventable harm they’ve caused.
Other Professional Malpractice Claims
Outside of the medical field, other professionals can be held liable for the damage caused by their failure to adhere to the standards and norms required by members of their profession. The team at Sarah Steinbaum PA applies their litigation and trial skills to a variety of professional malpractice claims, helping malpractice victims recover compensation for the financial harm they suffered due to professional negligence. Our professional malpractice division covers the following areas, among others:
- Legal Malpractice
- Accounting Malpractice
- Architect and Design Professional Malpractice
- Real Estate Agent and Broker Malpractice
- Investment Broker and Financial Advisor Malpractice
Professional malpractice claims are subject to a short two-year statute of limitations period to file a claim, so act quickly and contact a lawyer as soon as you believe you may have been a victim of professional malpractice.
Contact Sarah Steinbaum PA Today
Laypeople seek out advice and assistance from professionals precisely because they are supposed to be experts in their fields and possess knowledge, skills and training that the average person doesn’t have. We trust them and rely on them, so when they fail us due to negligence or incompetence, their mistakes can be extremely distressing emotionally as well as financially damaging. Sarah Steinbaum PA can help you hold doctors and other professionals accountable for their mistakes that should not have happened. Contact our dedicated malpractice team today.