Naples Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical Malpractice Lawyers Representing Clients in Naples, Florida
Anyone who visits a health care provider in Southwest Florida should be able to expect that they will receive adequate care, and that they will not suffer harm because of the health care provider’s negligence. However, medical negligence results in patient injuries much more frequently than many of us would like to think about. Indeed, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors result in more than 250,000 patient deaths each year, making medical mistakes the third-leading cause of death in the country. Many more patients suffer nonfatal injuries. If you or somebody you love was harmed because of a health care provider’s negligence, you should seek advice from a Naples medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
What is Medical Malpractice in Naples?
Medical malpractice is an area of personal injury law that allows injured patients to seek compensation from health care providers who are responsible for patient injuries caused by negligence. To be clear, patients can have undesired outcomes from medical procedures without the existence of malpractice. Yet when a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider fails to meet the standard of care set by other health care providers and causes harm, that health care may be responsible for damages in a medical malpractice case.
In general, medical malpractice claims have four elements:
- Existence of a doctor-patient relationship that establishes a duty of care;
- Health care provider breached the duty of care by acting negligently;
- Patient suffered an injury as a result of the negligence or breach of the duty of care; and
- Patient sustained damages from the injury.
Common Types of Naples Medical Malpractice Cases
There are many different types of medical malpractice cases that can arise in Naples, Florida. Our firm handles a wide variety of medical malpractice claims arising under Florida law, including but not limited to the following:
- Diagnostic error, such as a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis;
- Medication mistake, such as prescribing the wrong medicine or the wrong amount of a drug, or prescribing a medication that has a harmful interaction with existing medicines;
- Surgical error, such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving a foreign object inside a patient;
- Birth injury, including injury to the baby during labor or delivery or injury to the mother; and
- Hospital infections, including failure to prevent infections or to treat infections.
Naples Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in Florida medical malpractice claims is two years from the date the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. To ensure that you file your claim in a timely manner, it is important to seek advice from a medical malpractice attorney in Naples as soon as possible to begin working on your case.
Contact Our Naples Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Do you have questions about filing a medical malpractice claim in Florida, or do you need assistance with your medical negligence case? One of our Naples medical malpractice lawyers can speak with you today. Contact Cardinal Law, P.A. for more information.