Why Floridians who suspect medical malpractice should act fast
For Floridians who believe that they or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, it’s essential to act in a timely manner. In our state, the statute of limitations for filing such a suit is generally two years. The clock starts ticking on the date that you either should have or did discover that you were injured by medical negligence or error. If the suit isn’t filed by this two-year deadline, you may not be able to get compensation for the medical error.
Florida also a “statute of repose.” This prevents malpractice suits from being filed if four years or more have passed since the error occurred. There are two exceptions to the statute of repose: if it expires before or on a victim’s eighth birthday or if fraud and concealment prevented the victim from realizing that malpractice occurred.
While these may sound like lenient guidelines, it’s essential to remember that building a strong medical malpractice case takes time. The best way to help ensure that you are not prevented from getting the compensation you deserve by waiting too long is to discuss your legal options with an experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Even if you are not certain whether you are the victim of a medical error, it’s best to get a professional legal opinion. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation to our clients to discuss their particular case.
If we take your case, we do a thorough investigation to determine what happened, who was at fault and if it rises to medical malpractice. Our staff includes nurses who provide professional advice in these cases. We also bring in an expert witness such as a physician who can testify that your care was substandard and that it caused your injury. There are timelines for submitting paperwork and as well as providing notice to government-run medical facilities.
Our Florida lawyers have a combined 90-plus years of combined experience in seeking compensation for victims of medical malpractice. Call our contact us online for a free case evaluation.