You trust that your medical provider is competent, trustworthy, and will put your well being above all else. You expect them to make you feel safe during a procedure and supervise recovery from your medical condition. Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon for a medical professional to make mistakes or provide service that is below industry standards. When this happens it may result in an injury on a patient caused by surgical errors, misdiagnoses, and other oversights.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is widespread in Florida. According to Becker's Hospital Review, Florida was one of the top five states in medical malpractice payouts. Its position in this journal makes it clear that malpractice is a serious problem in Florida healthcare settings.
Even worse, Florida law has been notoriously lenient with healthcare professionals. One report found that in nearly fifty percent of malpractice cases in Florida, a fine was the most serious action a court took against a doctor. The national average is only eight percent. Also, the state of Florida is much more likely to resort to fines rather than serious disciplinary action (including license revocation and probation).
Sadly, just because you were injured by a medical professional or healthcare facility doesn't mean you have a case. There must be evidence of clearly avoidable negligence or purposeful wrongdoing to have a valid claim under Florida laws. For this reason you need an attorney that has experience with medmal and knows exactly what evidence to collect so your case holds up in a legal setting.
Hastings Law is here to help you prove that your claim is valid and to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We also help our clients reclaim lost wages, pay medical bills, and live a life that is as close to "normal" as possible. If an event has caused a death of a family member, we can help families pursue a wrongful death claim for a loved one and recover damages for funeral expenses, hospital bills, and pain and suffering.
No Upfront Cost to Hire Our Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you sought medical care from a qualified professional and were a victim of a medical error, you shouldn't have to worry about paying for legal help.
When you recruit a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer from our team, we'll work tirelessly to help you achieve a positive outcome. Yet, we won't charge a single fee unless you win. This way, you can focus on fighting your case against the doctors who issued poor medical treatment.
Some serious medical malpractice situations will incur punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. You must have a qualified malpractice attorney to supply the necessary evidence to prove that a medical expert acted egregiously. No matter how much time it takes or how much compensation we ask for, you can expect no upfront costs and affordable rates with Hastings Law.
Tommy Hastings is a board-certified lawyer who works in the For Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County area. He earned his J.D. from the University of Houston in 2001 and has worked tirelessly to build his career.
Tommy Hastings is an experienced Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer. He has decades of experience producing successful outcomes for malpractice cases, is intimately familiar with Florida law, and knows how to best recover compensation for clients.
Since 2002, he has taken a special interest in fighting medical malpractice. He has an extensive network of doctors and other medical professionals on his side. He consults these individuals to build your medical malpractice case effectively and take swift legal action.
Whether you or a loved one has suffered an injury or abuse at the hands of a doctor, be sure to call Tommy Hastings today. He's ready to listen to your circumstances and develop a solid case.
Hire a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Experienced in Medical Malpractice Cases
If you're looking for a lawyer serving Fort Lauderdale, FL, with years of experience handling Florida medical malpractice cases, look no further. Tommy Hastings is a qualified attorney who can help you hold a healthcare provider accountable for their actions. He has helped many patients who've undergone inadequate medical procedures pay for their medical expenses and recover pertinent damages.
Contact us today if you're looking for a firm with ample experience addressing medical malpractice claims. We'll get you in touch with a medical malpractice lawyer Fort Lauderdale to help you through your case. We also offer our extensive network of financial and medical professionals to add credibility to your case and prove medical malpractice.
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If you'd like to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, you're going to want the assistance of a personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice. Unfortunately, an attorney with little experience litigating medical malpractice cases won't be much help. They won't have the knowledge and connections to build an effective medical malpractice lawsuit for the affected patient.
Achieving a successful outcome without an attorney can be quite difficult, as you'll need to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages:
- Economic damages deal with lost earnings, medical expenses, and loss of future earnings.
- Non-economic damages cover the non-measurable psychological harm and physical discomfort a patient suffers after an incident.
Having an attorney who's experienced with cases involving both of these damage types will help you best recover from your traumatic incident in a healthcare setting.
An attorney also understands which procedures are necessary to make a valid claim according to Florida's statute of limitations. In Florida, patients have a two-year statute to work with. Therefore, they must file their claim within two years of discovering the negligence or poor treatment (unless the patient is a minor or the doctor tried to conceal their errors).
Malpractice in healthcare settings is very convoluted in Florida. It can originate because a health care provider:
- Performed an unnecessary surgery
- Didn't consider preexisting health conditions
- Didn't account for drug interactions based on a patient's health condition
- Discharged a patient prematurely
- Didn't provide appropriate follow-up care
Take the pressure off yourself to fight this battle alone and contact a qualified Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer at Hastings Law today. First, our law firm will begin collecting evidence that can prove that your injury or disability resulted from malpractice by a hospital or another healthcare facility.
Then, we will notify the facility and health care providers that you intend to sue. The organization will have 90 days to respond to this notice. Sometimes, a hospital will attempt to work toward a settlement for a patient who has suffered harm. But in other cases, a hospital will fight these claims in court.
Our team also consults financial and medical experts to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your medical malpractice claim. These expert witnesses are less accessible without experienced legal counsel.
Contact Our Attorneys Today to Discuss Your Potential Medical Malpractice Claim
If you suffered injuries resulting from an unnecessary medical procedure, or a doctor misinterpreted lab results and failed to diagnose your condition properly, our team of attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can help. We are expert Florida personal injury lawyers specializing in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Are you worried about the cost of hiring a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer? Don't risk not receiving the compensation you deserve out of fear of high legal fees - ask about our free consultations today. From there, we'll assess your situation and diligently review medical records to determine your best legal options. Finally, we'll create a plan to make sure a negligent medical professional is held liable one step at a time.
Hastings Law Firm, Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Crescent Medical Center Lancaster
- Baylor Scott & White Sunnyvale
- Baylor Scott & White Lake Pointe
- Medical City McKinney
- Baylor Emergency Medical Aubrey
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
- Texas Health Harris Methodist
- USMD Hospital at Arlington
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Altered Hospital Records
- Unnecessary Amputation
- Anesthesia Errors
- Undiagnosed Aneurysm
- Arteriography Complications
- Hospital Bedsores
- Cut or Severed Bile Duct
- Biliary Duct Injury
- Blindness or Loss of Vision
- Blood Clot or Thrombosis
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Damage
- Brachial Plexus
- Bowel Perforation
- Improper Burn Treatment
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Cardiology Malpractice
- Carotid Endarterectomy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chemotherapy Malpractice
- Cholecystectomy Error
- Cognitive Functions
- Colonoscopy Injury
- Congestive Heart Failure
- CT Scan Radiation Overdose
- Cystic Duct Surgery
- Decubitus Ulcer
- Delayed C-Section
- Delayed Surgery
- Detached Placenta
- Dialysis Error
- Drop Foot
- Drug Interaction
- Prescription Drug Recall
- Dystonia Disorder or Torticollis
- Early Discharge Complications
- Emergency Room Errors
- Erb’s Palsy
- Error Trap
- Failed Hip Implant Surgery
- Failed Knee Replacements
- Failure To Diagnose
- Failure To Monitor Patient
- Failure To Treat
- Fetal Distress
- Fetal Hypoxia
- Gandolinium and NSF
- Gallbladder Surgery
- Gastric Bypass
- Gynecological Malpractice
- Heart Attack
- Hip And Leg Injuries
- Horners Syndrome
- Hospital Assistant Negligence
- Hospital Infection
- Hospital Liability
- Ignoring Patient Allergies
- Improper Delivery Technique
- Improper Fetal Monitoring
- Infant Acidosis
- Infant Anoxia / Hypoxia
- Infant Cephalohematoma
- Infant Kernicterus
- Infant Leptomeningeal Cyst
- Injuries During Labor
- Insufficient Supervision
- IV Fluid Contamination
- Klumpke’s Palsy
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Medical Equipment Failure
- Medical Facility Negligence
- Medical Incompetence
- Medication Errors
- Mistreating Infections
- Nerve Damage
- Neurosurgical Errors
- Nursing Mistake
- Nursing Home Fall
- Obstetrics Malpractice
- Organ Puncture or Perforation
- Orthopedic Surgery Errors
- Over-Prescribing Medication
- Medical Paralysis
- Paramedic Malpractice
- Pediatric Malpractice
- Pediatric Hydrocephalus
- Perinatal Asphyxia
- Premature Birth
- Pressure Ulcer
- Prolonged Surgery
- Prostate Surgery
- Radiation Overdose
- Robotic Surgery
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Surgical Errors
- Terminal Illness
- Tubal Pregnancy
- Understaffed Emergency Rooms
- Urology Malpractice
- Uterine Rupture
- Wrongful Death
- X-Ray Overdose
Common Medical Malpractice Questions
The statute of limitations for a medical injury lawsuit is two years from the date the malpractice occurred. If an exact date cannot be determined, then the limit is based on the end of treatment or hospitalization. However, in practice an attorney typically needs a minimum of 3 months to fully research and prepare the case for filing. This means an injured party has 18 - 21 months AFTER the incident occurred to start the claim process with an attorney.
The Hastings Law Firm accepts medical malpractice and personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if you are awarded damages by the court or we reach an agreed settlement with the defendant. We cover all the upfront expenses involved in researching, preparing, and litigating your case.
For an event to be considered "Medical Malpractice" in Florida there must be evidence to prove the following: That a medical professional or facility violated Standards of Care; that negligence resulted in an injury to the patient; and that the injury resulted in significant damages. Those damages can be economic in nature, as well as physical and mental.
In short, no. Florida law has made medical malpractice cases very difficult and expensive to litigate and the caps on compensation mean that it can often cost more to pursue a case than you can receive in damages. These cases also require costly expert review and testimony from medical professionals and many hours of deposition. Since personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis, they simply cannot accept cases that do not involve serious injuries.
In 2003, the State of Florida placed caps on the total amount of non-economic damages one can receive for a medical malpractice lawsuit. You can be awarded a maximum of $250,000 total from ALL health care providers involved, and up to $500,000 for all healthcare facilities involved, for a total of $750,000. In addition to this you can be awarded economic damages to cover items such as medical costs and lost wages. In rare cases you may also be awarded punitive damages, which are meant to punish a healthcare professional who has committed malpractice out of maliciousness. Finally, some cases involving healthcare are not medical malpractice and not subject to these limits; some examples are injury from a defective medical device or prescription drugs.
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Tommy Hastings and his team of personal injury attorneys have successfully tried and settled thousands of medical negligence lawsuits across Texas & Florida, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars in compensation for their clients. These results have earned them the reputation of being one of the best medical malpractice plaintiff firms in the nation.