Have you suffered a serious injury due to a medical provider’s negligence in Tampa, FL? Call our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers at (813) 222-8545 to schedule a free consultation, or contact our law office online. At Catania & Catania Injury Lawyers we have represented victims of medical malpractice and their families for over 28 years.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is very common in Florida and may result in revision surgeries, missed diagnoses, serious drug interactions, or worse. Contact our law firm to discuss your medical malpractice case. We work on a contingency fee basis; you pay nothing out of pocket for the representation you need.
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How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help with Your Medical Malpractice Case in Tampa
When a medical professional injures you, you face an uphill battle in recovering the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies and courts tend to give doctors the benefit of the doubt. After all, they are doctors. You deserve an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer prepared to fight for you and hold the negligent medical provider responsible for your losses.
Catania & Catania, P.A. has more than 28 years of experience representing victims in medical malpractice cases. Our award-winning law firm has earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating and recovered over $500 million for our clients. Our small size allows us to give your case the personal attention it needs. Our elite reputation and experience allow us to give it the resources for success.
Choose Catania & Catania, P.A. to represent you in your malpractice case in Tampa, Florida, and we will:
- Give you legal advice and support at every stage of your case
- Carefully investigate your case to determine how your injuries happened and who may be liable
- Work with medical experts to build a persuasive case that overcomes biases in favor of doctors
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf for a fair settlement offer
Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. today to get started on your case. You deserve to focus on recovering; let us handle the legwork and pursue the compensation you need.
How Common is Medical Malpractice in Florida?
Medical negligence is more common than many realize. In fact, most doctors face at least one medical malpractice lawsuit during their careers. Some specialties have higher rates of malpractice than others, including surgeons and OB/GYNs.
According to a major John Hopkins study, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. It’s estimated that medical negligence kills 440,000 people each year. Many more are left with injuries or worsened health outcomes.
Florida was one of the top 10 states in the U.S. for medical malpractice payouts between 2014 and 2018.
The most common allegations of medical malpractice were:
- Diagnostic errors (34%)
- Surgery errors (21%)
- Treatment errors (21%)
- Obstetrics errors (10%)
About 30% of all medical negligence payouts in the United States are the result of a patient’s death. Nearly 19% are due to a major permanent injury. A further 18% are the result of a significant permanent injury.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional’s carelessness causes injury to a patient.
Many professionals in the health care field can commit malpractice, including:
- Registered nurses
- Physical therapists
- Nursing homes
Medical negligence can happen in any medical setting and come in many forms, such as:
- Surgical mistakes before, during, or after surgery. This can involve leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient’s body, failing to monitor vitals, or perforating an organ or artery.
- Prescription errors. Prescription mistakes cause 9,000 deaths every year. These errors happen when doctors or pharmacists provide or prescribe the wrong drug or incorrect dosage of a drug. It can also arise when a medication is contraindicated or interacts with another drug.
- Birth injuries. Mothers and children can suffer harm during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Examples include improper use of forceps, failure to treat a prenatal condition, or failing to recognize signs of distress.
- Failure to treat. This can involve providing the wrong treatment, delaying treatment, or failing to treat a condition correctly.
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis. Here, a physician may incorrectly tell a patient that there is nothing wrong, diagnose the wrong condition, or take too long to reach the correct diagnosis.
Not all medical mistakes rise to the level of medical malpractice. Likewise, poor treatment outcomes are not necessarily a form of medical negligence. Medical malpractice only occurs when a health care professional fails to deliver the proper standard of care and injures their patient.
What is My Tampa Medical Malpractice Case Worth?
All medical malpractice cases are unique. While some cases are only worth $10,000, others are worth millions.
The value of your personal injury case can depend on:
- Whether multiple medical professionals share blame
- The amount of insurance coverage available
- The strength of your negligence case
- The severity and type of negligence that caused your injuries
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether you suffered long-term impairment or disability or requires ongoing medical care
In Florida, the recent average medical malpractice payout was $268,466. The national average was $348,065. However, these figures include minor injuries, catastrophic injuries, and fatal injuries. So, they cannot be used to estimate your case’s worth.
Most cases settle outside of court, and only three to five percent of malpractice cases end in a jury award. The best way to determine the value of your medical malpractice case is through a consultation with our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers. Contact our law firm to schedule a free case review to discuss your claim.
What Damages Can I Recover After Medical Malpractice in Tampa, Florida?
In Tampa, victims of medical malpractice are entitled to two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate for your financial losses related to the malpractice. Non-economic damages compensate for personal losses that do not have a financial value.
Your damages may include:
- Medical bills, including future anticipated medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced or lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If medical malpractice killed your loved one, you may be entitled to different damages through a wrongful death claim. In rare cases, you might be eligible for punitive damages. Juries award these damages to punish a defendant for gross negligence or disregard for human life.
What Causes Medical Malpractice in Tampa, FL?
Medical negligence happens in many ways. Common causes may include:
- Physician burnout, fatigue, and sleep deprivation. This is particularly common among EMTs, physicians, and hospital workers. According to one survey, 55% of doctors reported burnout symptoms, and 10% reported they had made at least one major medical error within the last three months.
- Outdated medical knowledge and practices. Unfortunately, not all providers stay up-to-date on the best practices and techniques in medicine.
- Miscommunication between professionals or inadequate patient communication.
- Physician bias toward a patient or health concern.
- Inadequately maintained medical equipment.
- Inattention or carelessness.
- Inadequate follow-up.
- Failure to adequately monitor a patient during or after treatment or a procedure
Catania & Catania, P.A. will conduct a thorough investigation into your case to determine what caused your injury and how it happened.
How Do I Prove Medical Negligence in Tampa, FL?
Proving medical malpractice isn’t easy. It often requires overcoming a court and jury bias in favor of doctors. People generally trust doctors; judges and juries are no exception.
Proving your case requires showing that:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship.
- The provider failed to provide the medical standard of care.
- This negligence caused your injury.
- You suffered specific damages.
Medical malpractice claims almost always require extensive medical expert testimony. These experts offer proof of the proper standard of medical care, how the physician deviated from this standard, and how it led to your injury.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Florida?
If you were the victim of medical negligence in Florida, you have just two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This statute of limitations begins on the date of your injury. If you did not discover your injury right away, you have up to four years from the date of the malpractice to file your lawsuit.
Do not delay your Florida medical malpractice case. Medical negligence requires extensive investigation and medical testimony. Delays can cause crucial evidence to be lost. Contact a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to begin building your case.
Contact a Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If a trusted medical professional has left you with serious injuries or worsened health, you deserve fair compensation. Medical negligence cases require an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer who understands what it takes to prove your case.
Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer. We will help you explore your legal options and fight on your behalf.