Medical malpractice and negligence lawyers in Florida need to be experienced and knowledgeable on Florida law as medical malpractice cases are often complicated. At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., our Central Florida medical malpractice attorneys work tirelessly to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions.
Medical malpractice is a hot topic in the United States today. Medical errors occur at the rate of more than 200,000 people a year in this country. In the State of Florida, we have had numerous cases where foreign objects are left in someone’s body. We have had cases where the wrong body part was operated on. We even have cases where the wrong person was operated on. In the United States today only approximately one in every seven victims of medical malpractice ever files a lawsuit. In Florida, medical malpractice is even more complicated. There are specific statutes that govern the process and these statutes quite frankly are designed to protect the medical industry. There are complicated cases that involve complicated rules of law and complicated medical issues. The process in Florida involves meeting with your lawyers such as a lawyer of our firm, not with the paralegal, not with the clerk. The lawyer needs to explore both your personal medical history as well as what happened in the specific case that you feel caused or resulted in medical malpractice. Once that is done, all of your records, I mean all of them including your historical medical records must be obtained. They must be reviewed by an expert to see if the care that was rendered in your case met the prevailing standard of care for like physicians meaning a doctor or a hospital like physicians in the community in which you had your medical procedure. If the examining physician that you hire - the expert - finds that there was medical malpractice, only then, only then can the lawyer bring the case against the offending parties, against the at fault doctor, the at fault hospital. From that point on, you go into the pre-suit process. At this point, there is a 90-day pre-suit process. You must enter this process, no way around it. You need a law firm that has the ability to pay the freight, to get you through that, to hire the necessary experts, and has the legal wherewithal to bring you to a successful result.