Tampa Bay Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Leading Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg Medical Malpractice for over 55 Years
Doctors, hospitals and their insurance companies try to convince lawmakers and the public at large that frivolous lawsuits by trial lawyers are the reason for the high cost of health care, and they try to limit the ability of malpractice victims to make claims against doctors and hospitals for their negligence. The truth is that medical malpractice is a very real and pervasive problem. In fact, one research study recently determined that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Patients and their families have a legal right to pursue claims against doctors and hospitals and hold them accountable for their errors. The Tampa Bay medical malpractice lawyers at Masterson, Hoag & Smith help people throughout the Tampa Bay area recover compensation when they have been harmed by medical mistakes.
Our comprehensive Tampa Bay medical malpractice law firm helps people who have been injured by any of the following forms of medical negligence, among others:
- Surgical Errors
- Birth Injuries
- Anesthesia Errors
- Medication Errors
- Failure to obtain Informed Consent
Proving Medical Malpractice in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay
In order to prove medical malpractice in Florida, you must be able to show that the health care provider breached the prevailing professional standard of care. In other words, the doctor did not use the same level of skill, care or treatment that a reasonably prudent doctor would recognize as appropriate and acceptable in similar circumstances. Proving this requires getting the opinion of a medical expert from the same field as the treating physician. Your expert must be able to state that the doctor breached the acceptable standard of care, and this breach caused you actual harm.
Florida law requires your attorney to conduct a reasonable investigation into the grounds for your claim and formulate a good faith belief that medical negligence did occur. Your lawyer must then give the other party notice of your intent to sue, along with a certificate of merit or affidavit from your medical expert. At Masterson, Hoag & Smith, we have been representing medical malpractice victims in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay since 1963 and have recovered numerous multi-million dollar awards for our clients. We understand what it takes to present a successful medical negligence claim, and we put forth the time and effort to get you the best result.
Time Limits to File Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida
A medical malpractice claim can be filed within two years from the date the malpractice was discovered or should have been discovered, up to four years from the date of the malpractice. Sometimes it is not immediately apparent that malpractice has occurred, such as when foreign objects are left inside a patient after surgery, or a critical diagnosis of cancer is missed or misdiagnosed. The time to file a lawsuit can also be extended for up to seven years if the doctor took active steps to keep the patient from discovering the malpractice. Additionally, when the malpractice victim is a minor who suffered a birth injury or other malpractice as a child, a case can be brought any time before the child’s eighth birthday, even if the four-year time limit has passed.
Find Experienced and Dedicated Help after Medical Malpractice in Tampa Bay
If you believe you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice in St. Petersburg or Tampa Bay, contact Masterson, Hoag & Smith for a free case review with a team of experienced and dedicated Tampa Bay medical malpractice lawyers.