Fort Pierce Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Most hospitals, doctors, staff, nurses, and other medical providers do an excellent job of providing medical care and treatment to patients. Unfortunately, health care providers do make mistakes. It is important to recognize, however, that not all medical mistakes rise to a level of medical malpractice. Rather, medical malpractice occurs when the medical or healthcare professional acted negligently.
Under Florida law, negligence means the alleged actions of the health care provider represented a breach of the prevailing professional standard of care for that health care provider. The prevailing professional standard of care means the “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.” If you believe that your healthcare professional acted negligently, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III can help investigate your claim to determine if you have a claim for medical malpractice. Contact our experienced Fort Pierce medical malpractice lawyer for more information.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical malpractice claims can occur in a variety of situations, from routine checkups to surgery. There are, however, common errors by doctors and hospitals that frequently give rise to medical malpractice claims. These include:
- Failure to diagnose a disease, such as cancer or heart disease;
- Improperly prescribing medication, including wrong dosage or incorrect type of medication;
- Improperly administering anesthesia;
- Failure to properly treat a medical condition; and
- Errors during childbirth, including delayed or improper delivery.
Medical Malpractice Damages in Florida
Many states, including Florida, place limits on damages that a plaintiff may recover in a medical malpractice claim. Specifically, Florida limits non-economic damages that a plaintiff may recover in medical malpractice lawsuit. Non-economic damages cannot exceed $1 million in damages. Non-economic damages are comprised of non-financial losses that would not have occurred “but for the injury giving rise to the cause of action, including pain and suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life.”
Furthermore, punitive damages are also limited under Florida law. Punitive damages may not exceed three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded to each claimant, or $500,000. Let our Fort Pierce medical malpractice lawyer determine the damages in your med mal case.
Contact a Fort Pierce Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Help
Bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital, doctor or other party can be quite complicated, which is why it is best to have an experienced Fort Pierce medical malpractice lawyer help you. If you or a loved on has been injured as a result of another doctor’s negligence, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III can help protect your rights. William E. Raikes III is an experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer who has helped victims obtain compensation in a variety of different types of medical malpractice claims.
Contact William E. Raikes III at 772-595-6654 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. William E. Raikes III has experience helping medical malpractice victims throughout Florida, including Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, and the Indian River communities.