Gerald: The areas that we see most commonly in medical malpractice involve
mistakes in diagnosis, and this can be a failure to diagnose a condition, a
delay in diagnosis, or getting a diagnosis wrong, and we see that in
strokes and heart attacks, epidural abscesses, and cancer cases.
The law in medical malpractice, the practice of medical malpractice,
requires a lot of expertise on the part of the attorney because you have to
maneuver your way through all of the tort reform statutes that exist, You
have to find the right experts and you have to master the medicine because
if you're going to spar with a physician or a surgeon or an
anesthesiologist about a mistake that they may have made in caring for
patients you had better know the medicine frontwards and backwards.
You can file a medical malpractice case preferably sooner than later,
because there is not a large window of time in which you can bring a
medical malpractice case in Florida. The statute of limitations in Florida
is two years from the date that you knew, or should have known, that
medical negligence occurred, causing injury.
In Florida, there is a mechanism by which you can extend the statute of
limitations by 90 days but, filing for that extension does not revive a
cause of action if the statute of limitations has already run. If you feel,
if your intuition is telling you, your gut is telling you that someone in
your family or you may have been the victim of medical negligence, it's
better that you see an attorney as soon as possible.