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Medical Malpractice

What is medical malpractice?

Can you file malpractice case against someone other than a doctor?

Can misdiagnosis be considered malpractice?

What is "informed consent"?

What is a statute of limitations?





Q: What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional such as a doctor, nurse or technician treats a patient in a manner which departs from a standard of care provided by those with similar training and experience, resulting in injury, ailment or death.


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Q: Can you file malpractice case against someone other than a doctor?

In Florida, a medical malpractice suit can be initiated against any professional or facility that is a health care provider as defined under Florida law,  This includes a wide range of persona and entities, including, but not limited to medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists, naturopathic doctors, optometrists, registered nurses, orthotists, prosthetists and physical therapists, as well as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinical labs, outpatient facilities and other places in which health care providers work.  Different but similar rules apply to nursing homes. 

 



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Q: Can misdiagnosis be considered malpractice?

Yes!  In fact, misdiagnosis is one of the primary reasons why medical malpractice cases are filed. A patient can suffer significant injuries or even death when a doctor fails to properly diagnose an injury or ailment, delays diagnosis or fails to provide any diagnosis at all.


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Q: What is "informed consent"?

Informed consent refers to the consent a patient gives to the doctor to proceed with a medical procedure based upon a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, implications and future consequences of such procedure.


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Q: What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations refers to the period of time during which a potential medical malpractice victim can initiate a lawsuit.  Depending on the state and the procedure in question, this period can start from the time at which the malpractice occurs or alternatively, from the time which the victim discovers that malpractice was the cause of his or her injury.  Determining the exact period of statute of limitations can be complex depending on your particular circumstance.  Florida imposes a relatively short statute of limitations for incidents of medical negligence occurring in this State.  The limitations period may be as short as two years from the date of allegedly negligent act, so it is important to consult a qualified medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to protect and maximize your interests.


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