Medical malpractice is the general term used to describe a medical professional’s mistakes, failures, or errors in judgment that result in injury to the patient.
These can occur from negligence, improper training, or lack of experience. When this happens, it can be difficult for patients and their family members to find out who is responsible for what happened. It is fairly common for these situations to result in medical malpractice claims.
A medical malpractice claim is basically a lawsuit filed by the patient against their doctor or another medical professional for their mistakes. The general purpose of this is to recover damages, which can be money, in order to compensate the family member who has suffered due to the injury. This can also include reimbursement of costs which have incurred as a result of the injury. The vast majority of these claims are settled out of court.
In the United States, medical malpractice claims are governed by state laws. Each state has its own requirements that must be met before a claim can be filed. It is likely that the case will have to fight its way through the court system in order to get any compensation. Furthermore, from the moment your suit is filed, it does not usually take long for medical records and other supporting evidence to be requested by opposing parties. This can cause a great deal of delay as you wait for the case to move forward.
If you are living in Florida, medical malpractice in this state is filed as a personal injury claim, which means that the statute of limitation is 4 years. If you sustained injuries or a health condition as a result of a doctor’s mistake or poor judgment, you may have a basis for legal action.
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