Our attorneys have been handling medical malpractice claims since 1955, and we have earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury 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 lawyers live in the community.
We have handled more medical negligence injuries in Northwest Florida than any other law firm.
What is a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to deliver the level of care that is keeping with accepted practices and procedures. It happens when a doctor, nurse or technician does something or fails to do something that is important to a patient's good care.
|Common Forms of Medical Malpractice|
|Failure to Diagnose|
|Failure to Follow Accepted Practices|
|Failure to Make Use of Available Technology|
|Misreading CT Scans|
|Wrong Medication or Wrong Dosage|
No one expects the healthcare profession to be perfect, but we do expect to receive proper care when we place ourselves in the hands of the profession. We should be able to trust their level of knowledge, skill, and expertise. This is why we seek medical help in the first place.
A medical malpractice attorney is one that focuses his or her legal practice on representing patients and families injured by healthcare negligence that should not have occurred, and which errors caused injuries, or substantially contributed to causing injuries.
Who Can Bring a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Any patient injured by medical negligence can bring a lawsuit and make a claim 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 malpractice, the patient's family can bring a claim, depending upon many factors. When a claim for death is made, the recovery generally is based on pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of estate.
Will Levin Papantonio Accept My Case
Our attorneys review and accepts medical 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 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 several factors, such as where the negligence occurred. For example, if the malpractice case occurred in Pensacola, 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 error.
Florida also has a "statute of repose" law. This means you can't sue a health care provider more than four years after the malpractice 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 medical malpractice 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 medical malpractice.
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 medical errors.
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 Assays
Why America is Seeing a Huge Rise in Malpractice
For the last twenty years, healthcare has been taken over by corporations. Doctors are no longer in a position to control the care patients receive, but instead doctors must take orders from large corporations that are more concerned with profit than patient care and safety.
Medical care is now being handled like any huge business, with the hospital corporations analyzing every treatment decision with its shareholders in mind. Many times conflicts arise, and the hospital corporations decide to use drugs and medical devices that are not as good as others available on the market. The result has been a startling rise in negligence.