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Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers for victims of Medical Negligence and Birth Defects

If you have suffered an injury as the result of medical negligence, malpractice, or birth defects, you should contact an experienced Tampa medical malpractice lawyer right away.

medicalHere in Florida, medical malpractice is a serious problem.

Our state ranks 5th in the nation for medical malpractice payouts.

Statistics from the American Medical Association show that in the United States, as many as 225,000 people die every year because of medical errors.

In fact, the third leading cause of death in the United States is medical negligence - only behind heart disease and cancer.

Medical malpractice is committed when a health care provider fails to act in accordance with acceptable professional practice and as a result, causes injury or death to a patient. Medical malpractice often goes unnoticed or unreported, and therefore, it is difficult to get accurate estimates on the numbers.

At times, even the most legitimate malpractice claims may be ignored as patients incorrectly fear that they will receive an increase in the cost of their medical care. Others fail to pursue valid claims thinking the costs associated with the litigation will be too much to bear. And some patients worry that other doctors will refuse to treat them after learning about their cases.

When a victim of medical malpractice fails to take action, often times the costs associated with the injuries and future medical bills end up getting absorbed by public programs like Medicare or Medicaid. And if a doctor isn't made aware of or held accountable for their actions or mistakes, they are likely to repeat those same mistakes again on somebody else.

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Fernandez Law Group is a law firm representing the Tampa and Miami metro areas of Florida in all matters concerning Personal Injury Law. Consultations are free, and there are no fees unless a case is successfully settled or litigated.

The types of medical malpractice incidents causing death vary to some degree, but every year, there are an average of:

  • 106,000 deaths due to Non-error / adverse effects of medication
  • 80,000 deaths from infections
  • 20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals
  • 12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals

There are many common examples of medical malpractice which include:

  • Failure to provide timely and proper care or treatment
  • Failure to properly diagnose a medical condition
  • Failure to perform surgical techniques correctly
  • Failure to adequately monitor a patient during post-surgery care
  • Mistakes with anesthesia administration
  • Prescription and medication errors

Medical malpractice occurs with various types of health care providers including:

Hospitals • Nursing homes • Walk-in clinics • Chiropractors • Physical therapists • Doctors • Psychologists • Pharmacists • Nurses and nurse's aides

All of these providers are legally obligated to uphold a standard of professional care.

"Health care provider" means any hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or mobile surgical facility; a birth center; any person licensed under chapter 458 of the Florida Statutes - (medical practice), chapter 459 (osteopathic medicine), chapter 460 (chiropractic medicine), chapter 461 (podiatric medicine), chapter 462 (naturopathy), chapter 463 (optometry), part I of chapter 464 (nurse practice act), chapter 466 (dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental laboratories), chapter 467 (midwifery), part XIV of chapter 468 (orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics), or chapter 486 (physical therapy practice); a clinical lab licensed under chapter 483; a health maintenance organization certificated under part I of chapter 641; a blood bank; a plasma center; an industrial clinic; a renal dialysis facility; or a professional association partnership, corporation, joint venture, or other association for professional activity by health care providers.

How do I know if I have a medical malpractice case?

Here at Fernandez Law Group, we have handled many different types of medical malpractice cases over the years. You may have a case for medical negligence as well as legal rights to compensation if you suspect you have become a victim of any of the following:

Ambulance accidents • Inadequate supervision • Anesthesia mistakes
Incorrectly performed procedures • Birth-related injuries • LASIK eye surgery complications
Emergency room mistakes • Medication errors • Weight loss surgery complications
Missed or delayed diagnosis • Failure to diagnose and treat infections
Nursing home negligence • Surgical mistakes

If you or someone close to you were victims of medical negligence, or suspect you've been subjected to negligent care, the attorneys at Fernandez Law Group are here to help you with your claim. We will secure and examine pertinent medical records, conduct a thorough investigation, interview the patient, friends and family and help you determine whether or not there are enough grounds for us to take action on your case.

To pursue a case for medical malpractice, proof of negligence must be established.

Our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers will be working to prove that the healthcare provider in question was obligated to provide you with a certain standard of care and failed to do so adequately - and that any injuries you received are a direct result of their failure.

It is important to realize that having a bad experience alone does not necessarily mean there has been medical negligence.

Basic requirements for a malpractice claim include:

  • A doctor / patient relationship was established
  • It can be proven that the doctor was negligent
  • The doctor's negligence was responsible for causing an injury
  • Specific damages resulted from the injury

Victims of medical malpractice in Florida are entitled to compensation, including:

  • Lost wages, or future loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering along with future pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, future loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical expenses, and future medical expenses

In Florida wrongful death actions, the family of the patient is entitled to compensation for:

  • Loss of companionship for certain immediate family members
  • Lost future earnings of the deceased
  • Lost wages from the time of the injury to death
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses

The Florida legislature has outlined specific guidelines concerning who is eligible for compensation in the event of a wrongful death. These guidelines are enumerated in the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is outlined in Florida statutes 768.16 through 768.26.

Don't delay - if you suspect you are a victim of medical negligence or malpractice, consult an attorney immediately!

Florida has a two year statute of limitations and the investigative process of these cases can become very involved, often requiring a significant amount of time. Meeting with your attorney as soon as possible helps ensure more options for you along with better results.

Insurance companies are known for trying to settle with injured parties directly if at all possible because if they act quick enough, they may be able to settle before the full extent of the injuries are known. Furthermore, they may also be trying to prevent you from hiring an attorney in an effort to reduce the settlement value of your claim.

Here are some tips to help increase your chances of getting a better settlement

At Fernandez Law Group, you are choosing a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer with an in-depth understanding of exactly how to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have experienced loss due to a serious Florida injury, contact Fernandez Law Group to speak with a knowledgeable Tampa personal injury attorney today.

Why is it important to consult a personal injury attorney immediately following any type of medical malpractice or negligence?

If you or a loved one suffered an injury as the result of medical negligence or malpractice, waiting to call an attorney will never help your case. In fact, it could seriously impair your ability to prevail in a lawsuit. As soon as you contact us, we start our investigation of your case and begin preserving and analyzing critical evidence. As time passes, eye-witness accounts waver, electronically stored data may be erased and other important evidence might become difficult to obtain.

Before a medical malpractice case can be filed, medical records must be obtained and reviewed by a medical expert. Unlike other personal injury cases, medical malpractice actions cannot be filed in Florida without a verified written medical expert opinion corroborating reasonable grounds to support a claim of medical negligence. So, time must be allotted for an expert to review all pertinent medical records after they are obtained. This can be time consuming and expensive. If a medical malpractice lawsuit is initiated, the parties are first required to participate in a 90-day "presuit period," during which time the parties exchange information, review and investigate the claim, and explore a resolution of the case. If the case is not resolved during the 90-day period, a formal lawsuit can be filed.

Our attorneys have a combined legal experience of over 40 years in handling all types of personal injury cases, and a large portion of our work involves medical malpractice and negligence. Although the legal and factual complexity of medical malpractice cases often drives up litigation expenses, at Fernandez Law Group there is never a fee for attorney's time or a charge for litigation costs unless we are able to make a recovery for our client.

Patients and their families are often unsure whether medical negligence is to blame for an injury or death. More commonly, patients simply suspect a medical error has occurred. This is not surprising as medical errors are sometimes committed while patients are under anesthesia or in surgery, and may be hard to detect absent specialized medical knowledge. The lawyers at Fernandez Law Group have experience investigating, reviewing, and successfully pursuing medical malpractice and birth injury cases. Our goal in each medical malpractice case is to bring clarity and transparency to the facts and circumstances that caused injury and help our clients received the justice they deserve.

We put not one, but multiple attorneys on your case in order to give it the extra attention it deserves. Not only that, but we're also fewer than 10% of Florida attorneys who are also authorized to practice in federal courts. Let us put our experiences and resources to work for you today, and you can expect to get the results you deserve.

Our attorneys are very experienced and fully prepared to litigate aggressively on your behalf.

There are no costs or fees unless we obtain a settlement for you.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, do not try to handle a claim on your own or risk using an inexperienced lawyer. Not all personal injury attorneys have our commitment to achieving full justice for their clients, nor do they have our trial experience and proven skills. Medical malpractice actions are extremely complex. Attorneys handling these claims must have a comprehensive knowledge of the numerous Florida Statutes governing malpractice claims and an understanding of the medical issues involved in each claim. Our law firm often hires nurse paralegals and investigators to thoroughly review records in medical malpractice cases to ensure our lawyers have the necessary appreciations for the medical issues of each case.

Medical malpractice lawyers are everywhere, but when you come to Fernandez Law Group you can count on our team to work extremely hard to provide you with exceptional representation. We take pride in doing what it takes to earn the proper compensation our clients deserve, no matter how hard the fight.

Photo of Tampa medical malpractice lawyers walking out of court after a successful case.Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys go the extra mile:

Going the extra mile for our clients is an easy choice as we accept only serious, legitimate cases. Clients can have confidence in our experience and commitment to go far as necessary to make a substantial and meaningful difference in the lives of injured citizens.

Our clients have the right to decide if and when to settle a case or to proceed to trial. We meet with our clients individually to discuss their options and how to proceed in their best interest. Some insurance companies routinely refuse to make a reasonable offer to any lawyer, leaving no other option but to proceed to trial. It is important to have an experienced trial attorney who is able to provide competent representation in court to obtain a favorable verdict. Our firm has more than 40 years of combined legal experience.

Our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers and dedicated support staff will focus on your needs while providing superior, effective, and vigorous representation of your interests. We are paid for our legal services only if we obtain a recovery on your behalf, and we will come to your home or to the hospital for your convenience.

We look forward to hearing from you and would be honored to assist and serve you.

Call us today at 813-489-3222 or submit your info online for a FREE consultation and case evaluation.

Fernandez Law Group will provide a detailed evaluation of your claim. There is no obligation. And there are absolutely no fees at all until we win your case!


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