We have been handling medical malpractice claims since 1955, and have earned a reputation as one of the most successful law firms in the nation, winning more than $3 billion dollars in jury verdicts and settlements.
Our law office is located in downtown Pensacola, and our thirty-five attorneys live in the Pensacola community. We have handled more medical malpractice claims in Northwest Florida for injured patients than any other law firm.
What is Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to deliver the level of care that is keeping with accepted practices and procedures. The error can result from a hospital, physician, nurse, pharmacist, technician or anyone else involved in the chain of providing healthcare.
|Common Forms of Malpractice|
|Failure to Diagnose|
|Failure to Make Use of Available Technology|
|Misreading Diagnostic Studies, such as CTs & MRIs|
|Prescribing the Wrong Medication or Dosage|
Who Can Bring a Medical Malpractice Claim
Any patient injured by medical negligence can bring a lawsuit for pain and suffering, loss wages and medical expenses. If the injuries are severe, permanent and disabling, the patient's family might also have a claim.
If the patient dies because of the medical error, the patient's family likely can bring a claim. When death occurs, the recovery is based on mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of estate.
Will Levin Papantonio Accept My Case
We review and accept malpractice cases of every size, whether in the Pensacola area or nationwide. No case is too big or too small.
The one thing we can assure you is that we will take your call, provide you an absolutely free consult, discuss with you the facts and issues of your case, and tell you whether we can help you. If not, we will try our best to get you to someone who can.
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How Long Do I Have to Bring a Medical Malpractice Claim
There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on many factors, such as where the negligence occurred. For example, if a malpractice case occurs in Florida, a two year statute of limitations applies. This means the lawsuit must be filed within two years from the time the patient, family member, or guardian knew or should have known the injury was caused by a medical mistake.
Florida also has a "statute of repose" law. This means you can't sue a healthcare provider more than four years after the medical error occurs unless there is fraud, misrepresentation, or concealment. Florida has one significant exception to this law. It is called "Tony's law".
Under Tony’s law, the four-year period does not cut off a child's claim before the child's 8th birthday. Be careful, though. The two-year limitation period can still cut off the claim if the parents or guardians knew or should have known the injury was caused by a medical error.
Since malpractice rules and limitations often change, you always should consult with a lawyer immediately if you think you or a family member could have possibly been injured by potential negligence.
Specific Types of Medical Malpractice
Healthcare errors occur in many different situations. The following are just a few examples of where we often see problems. Click on the links below for additional information.
- Acute Abdomen/Surgical Abdomen
- Aspiration Pneumonitis/Mendelson's Syndrome
- Bacterial Meningitis/Spinal Meningitis
- Beta Strep Testing for pregnant women
- Birth Injuries
- Breast Cancer
- Fetal Anoxic Brain Injury/Faulty Fetal Heart Monitoring
- Gastric Bypass Surgery/ Roux-En-Y Procedure/Stomach Stapling
- Hypertensive Crisis
- Non-Small Cell Carcinoma/Lung Cancer
- Rapid Assay
- Retinopathy of Prematurity