Pensacola Medical Malpractice Lawyers | Levin Papantonio | Since 1955
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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.

Harvard University estimates that twice as many people die each year in this country as a result of medical malpractice than die in car accidents.
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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
Anesthesia Errors
Failure to Diagnose
Failure to Make Use of Available Technology
Misreading Diagnostic Studies, such as CTs & MRIs
Prescribing the Wrong Medication or Dosage
Surgical Errors


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.

Why Choose Us

Our law firm was founded in Pensacola more than 60 years ago, and is considered a national leader in this type of litigation. We have received well over 150 jury verdicts throughout the country in the amount of $1 million or more, and achieved verdicts and settlements in excess of $3 billion. For more information, please visit our Home Page.


What Does It Cost to Hire Us

We provide absolutely free confidential consultations, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us, we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.

The contingency fee we charge ranges from 20% to 40% depending upon how much we recover for you. For a detailed discussion on our fees and costs, click Fees & Costs.


Contact Information

To contact us for a free confidential consult, you can call us at (850) 435-7000 or (800) 277-1193. You also can request a confidential consultation by clicking Free & Confidential Consult, which form will be immediately reviewed by one of our medical malpractice lawyers.

Reasons to Choose Us

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

Limitation Periods

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".

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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.

  1. Acute Abdomen/Surgical Abdomen
  2. Aspiration Pneumonitis/Mendelson's Syndrome
  3. Bacterial Meningitis/Spinal Meningitis
  4. Beta Strep Testing for pregnant women
  5. Birth Injuries
  6. Breast Cancer
  7. Fetal Anoxic Brain Injury/Faulty Fetal Heart Monitoring
  8. Gastric Bypass Surgery/ Roux-En-Y Procedure/Stomach Stapling
  9. Hypertensive Crisis
  10. Non-Small Cell Carcinoma/Lung Cancer
  11. Rapid Assay
  12. Retinopathy of Prematurity