Fighting for the rights of injured patients all over the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area.
All it takes is one careless mistake by a doctor for a patient’s life to be changed forever. Healthcare professionals are human too, which means they’re just as susceptible to mishaps and errors as we are. However, that fact shouldn’t excuse them from being held liable for serious injuries or death resulting from such a costly mistake.
At the Lorenzo & Lorenzo law firm, we are ready to put decades of litigation experience to work for you, ensuring you get the representation you require and the compensation you deserve. Our successful medical malpractice attorneys have tried cases all over Tampa and are experts in Florida personal injury law.
If you were the victim of a medical malpractice accident in Tampa General Hospital, St. Joseph’s, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, or another hospital or private practice in the area, it’s time to speak with a local medical malpractice attorney who understands how to achieve a successful outcome in your case.
All it takes is one call to begin the path to financial recovery for medical negligence.
Elements of a Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When a patient is injured or becomes ill while under the care of a healthcare professional, they must determine if they have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. An unfavorable medical result alone does not constitute medical malpractice. The key to proving medical malpractice is establishing negligence on the part of the health care provider or facility.
The four elements of a successful medical malpractice case include:
- Establishing a legitimate patient-doctor relationship
- Proving that the medical provider neglected to provide a reasonable standard of care
- Showing that this negligence directly led to the patient’s injuries or illness
- Confirming that the patient suffered damages or loss as a result of this negligence
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
Despite the legal protections granted to Florida patients, medical malpractice is unfortunately as common in Tampa as it is throughout the country. Malpractice claims are routinely waged against hospitals, doctors and manufacturers for injuries resulting from:
- Surgical Mistakes
- Defective medical devices
- Dangerous Drugs
- Delayed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis
- OB/GYN Malpractice
- Improper Testing
- Hospital Errors
- Plastic Surgery Negligence
- Postoperative Malpractice
- X-Ray and Ultrasound Misdiagnosis
- Anesthesia Mistakes
- Medication Errors
- Emergency Room Negligence
Standard of Care – When Does Medical Malpractice Occur?
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the burden of proof rests on the plaintiff to establish that a medical provider breached a reasonable “standard of care.” According to Florida statutes on medical malpractice, “The prevailing professional standard of care for a given health care provider shall be that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.”
Medical negligence occurs when a doctor, physician or healthcare professional falls short of the accepted standard of care, thereby causing injury to the patient. An attorney experienced with Florida’s medical malpractice laws can help you determine whether negligence may have occurred in your case and how to pursue restitution through the legal system.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing problem in the United States – that’s a sad reality. With the high population of senior citizens in Florida and the number of elderly care facilities or nursing homes scattered around the state, it’s no surprise that cases of negligence and mistreatment are common.
If you fear your loved one has become a victim of abuse or negligence, or you suspect that abuse resulted in the wrongful death of your elderly family member, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who specializes in this complex practice area. At Lorenzo & Lorenzo, we have secured the best possible outcome for similar cases in Tampa and across the state of Florida.
Don’t Let the Clock Run Out on Your Medical Negligence Claim!
All medical malpractice lawsuits in Florida are subject to the same statute of limitations – or deadline for filing a claim. Victims of medical malpractice only have 2 years from the date the injury is discovered to file a claim, or no longer than 4 years after the medical negligence occurred. Failing to file your lawsuit within this window of time can result in your case being thrown out and make receiving compensation impossible. For this reason, it is critical patients injured by a doctor or other medical professional contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney right away.
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“I feel grateful with Lorenzo & Lorenzo for the excellent job they did. They helped my family a lot.” – Edwin Cruz Reyes
“Staff and attorneys are very professional, friendly and attentive to my needs. They have been very helpful to me with my case and I am grateful.” – Yoelia
If you or a loved one were injured or became ill due to medical negligence by a healthcare provider and you’re dealing with the resulting financial hardship and diminished quality of life, call the local medical malpractice lawyers at Lorenzo & Lorenzo as soon as possible so that we may begin investigating your legal options.