Over the last decade in the United States, patients have filed over 400,000 adverse action reports against medical practitioners according to the latest data from the National Practitioner Data Bank. When our health is at risk, we turn to medical professionals for care. The last thing any patient expects is to have their health jeopardized through the incompetence of a nurse, physician’s assistant, or doctor. Medical malpractice is increasingly common and can leave patients devastated. Existing health concerns compounded by the shock of a medical procedure gone wrong, and the long term effects of dealing with medical malpractice.
In Florida, there were over 24,000 adverse action reports filed by patients during the same time period according to the National Practitioner Data Bank. Statistics published by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences found that roughly 98,000 patients die per year in hospitals due to medical errors. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals are held responsible. If you or a loved one have been impacted by medical malpractice, contact Bryan W. Crews, your Altamonte personal injury attorney. Bryan W. Crews is a personal injury lawyer and regularly handles medical malpractice claims. If you have been harmed by the negligence of a medical professional, you deserve to be compensated for your injury.
Common causes of medical malpractice are failure to follow established procedures and protocol, unsanitary medical instruments, leaving medical tools inside of a patient after surgery, misdiagnosis, operating on the wrong limb, administering the wrong medicine, administering the wrong blood type during a transfusion, and a number of other deviations from the standard of car. Doctors are professionals, and they are required to operate according to the highest levels of established care. Surgeons often work long hours and as their shifts are prolonged, the risk of medical malpractice increases dramatically.
Thousands suffer every year from medical malpractice. Statistics show that not all doctors are disciplined by their licensing authorities. Do not be intimated by hospitals and insurance companies. If you or a loved one have been injured due to medical malpractice, Bryan W. Crews can help. You deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering you have endured.
In Florida, there are special rules that plaintiffs must follow prior to filing a lawsuit. If you have been injured by a medical professional, you should consider retaining the services of competent legal counsel. Per § 766.106, you must mail a notice of intent to sue to the health care provider prior to filing a lawsuit. This notice, per the statute, “must include, if available, a list of all known health care providers seen by the claimant for the injuries complained of subsequent to the alleged act of negligence, all known health care providers during the 2-year period prior to the alleged act of negligence who treated or evaluated the claimant, copies of all of the medical records relied upon by the expert in signing the affidavit, and the executed authorization form provided in s. 766.1065.” In addition, this starts a 90 day clock for the statute refers to as pre-suit investigation. This is a complicated set of rules designed to vet claims prior to initiating a lawsuit.
In 2017, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that caps on damage awards in medical malpractice cases were unconstitutional. Previously, there was a $500,000 cap on non-economic damages, or in other words, pain and suffering damages. There was also a $1,000,000 cap on non-economic damages in death or vegetative state cases.
Bryan W. Crews is a personal injury attorney serving residents in the greater Altamonte area. With his decades of experience, and dedicated staff, Bryan W. Crews will fight tirelessly to secure the maximum compensation for your medical malpractice claim. Call today for a free case evaluation.