Florida Hospital Malpractice Attorney

When you need treatment, surgery, or emergency attention in a hospital, you want to trust that your doctors and medical staff are providing the best care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in a hospital setting is more common than you might think. If you or a loved one was injured in a Florida hospital by a medical error, a hospital malpractice lawyer at Freedland Harwin Valori Gander can help you seek justice.

Written and edited by our team of expert legal content writers and reviewed and approved by Daniel Harwin

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While you might assume physicians and hospital staff always provide the highest-quality care to their patients, studies have shown that medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Even a seemingly small mistake can lead to serious consequences that permanently change a patient’s life.

If you suffered harm in a Florida hospital, cosmetic surgery facility, or other medical center because a health care professional failed to provide the standard level of care, our hospital malpractice attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori Gander can help you claim the compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with our South Florida medical malpractice team.

How Do You Sue a Hospital in Florida?

Suing a Florida hospital is a complex process that involves:

  1. Proving a medical error occurred
  2. Linking negligence or malpractice directly to an injury
  3. Identifying and valuing damages
  4. Filing a hospital malpractice lawsuit

A hospital can be held liable for the negligence of its employees. The doctrine of vicarious liability holds employers legally responsible for the negligent actions of their employees. 

Malpractice victims must show that they suffered an injury because a doctor, nurse, or other provider employed by the hospital failed to meet the duty of care. If a patient receives care below the standard for their particular procedure, treatment, or circumstance, the hospital may be liable for damages.

A hospital may also be held responsible if the malpractice resulted from its acts or administration. Some examples include poor oversight, negligent hiring, understaffing, or inadequate procedures. 

Taking on a hospital or big health care company can be overwhelming without the right support. Working with experienced hospital negligence attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and take the right steps to secure a favorable settlement or verdict. Call us to learn how we can help you seek the maximum recovery for your damages.

Examples of Hospital Negligence

There are several reasons to sue a hospital, surgical center, or other health care facility. The following are some examples of hospital negligence that could result in legal action.

1. Communication Failures

When medical team members communicate poorly, mistakes can happen. Information must be clear, accurate, and timely in a hospital setting. Some examples of communication failures include the following:

  • Failure to record a patient’s allergy to a particular medication
  • Failure of a nurse to call the doctor when a patient’s condition worsens
  • Failure to communicate medication dosing or time administered

If a physician or hospital employee does not order the proper diagnostic procedures, it often leads to a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose the patient’s condition altogether. For example:

  • Failure to recognize a baby is in distress during labor or delivery
  • Failure to analyze blood test results before a procedure
  • Failure to order MRI scans or other medical diagnostic scans

3. Lack of Proper Procedures

Hospitals need effective policies to ensure consistency and safety. If a doctor or staff member does not follow protocols or the facility lacks proper procedures, it could result in hospital negligence. Some examples include:

  • Failure to provide care instructions when discharging a cosmetic surgery patient
  • Failure to ask the right questions when evaluating a prospective patient
  • Failure to use a medical device properly during a procedure

4. Staffing Issues

It’s common for hospitals to try to save money by cutting staff. However, when understaffing interferes with the level of care provided to patients, it could be negligent. Examples include:

  • Insufficient hospital staff to handle the volume of patients
  • Failure to hire adequate staff for the needs of the hospital
  • Medical errors from overworked hospital staff members

If the care received in a hospital was below industry standards and you suffered an injury because of it, Freedland Harwin Valori Gander has the industry knowledge and experience to fight for justice. You may also qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one due to hospital negligence. Get started on your case today with a free consultation.

Why You Should Hire FHVG To Handle Your Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit

Freedland Harwin Valori Gander has over 20 years of experience in medical malpractice, including Florida hospital negligence cases, and can help you get the financial support you need and deserve.

Our award-winning law firm offers the following:

  • Skilled attorneys who have a unique perspective, having worked on the other side to defend medical providers
  • Passionate legal professionals who can handle big health care corporations and cases with multiple defendants
  • Direct access to a firm partner for every client throughout the legal process

We have secured over $2.6 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Some highlights include the following:

  • A $24.5 million verdict for the family of a woman who died during childbirth due to a lack of proper safety protocols
  • A $15.2 million arbitration award for a woman who suffered a stroke during childbirth
  • A $10 million settlement for a man who suffered a brain injury due to a lack of proper safety protocols

At Freedland Harwin Valori Gander, our clients are more than just numbers. We treat every client like family and give each case the personal attention it deserves. Here’s what our clients have to say:

  • “They changed my life and still check on me.” – Larry
  • “[Dan] never made me feel that it was about the money… I really believe that they’re helping from their hearts… from a really good place.” – Bill

Hospitals in Florida That Have Protection Against Negligence Lawsuits

Holding a hospital accountable for negligence can be challenging. Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine providing that a state or government department is immune from being sued without its consent. If the state or government agency owns or operates a hospital, the facility could be protected by sovereign immunity, making it much more difficult to take legal action.

In particular, patients’ ability to hold government-owned hospitals accountable for malpractice may be limited. Additionally, there are limits on the amount of compensation patients can receive.

Some Florida hospitals that have protection against malpractice and negligence lawsuits include the following:

  • Veterans Health Administration hospitals
  • University of Florida Health hospitals
  • University of South Florida Health hospitals
  • Broward Health hospitals
  • Lee Health hospitals
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Halifax Health
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital

While these hospitals may have sovereign immunity, Florida law generally waives this protection and make it possible to sue the medical facility, with some significant limitations. Schedule a free consultation with our team to see if you qualify to bring a hospital malpractice lawsuit and what you can expect.

Important Florida Statutes To Know About Medical Malpractice

If you are considering a hospital negligence lawsuit in Florida, here is crucial information you should know about Florida malpractice laws:

  • Statute of limitations: Malpractice victims generally have two years from the date of the injury to bring a legal claim.
  • Sovereign immunity damage caps: The government agency cannot pay a claim by one person exceeding $200,000 or combined claims for the same incident that exceeds $300,000. 

What Compensation Can You Recover From a Successful Hospital Lawsuit?

Victims of hospital negligence can bring a lawsuit to recover the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Cost of future medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Inconvenience

To understand what your claim may be worth, call to schedule a free consultation with our team.

What To Do if You Suspect Hospital Negligence: Contact a Hospital Malpractice Lawyer at FHVG

If medical malpractice at a hospital harmed you or a loved one, don’t let hospital administrators intimidate or discourage you from pursuing damages. Put our 20+ years of experience to work for you. 

Call our skilled Florida hospital lawsuit attorneys for a free consultation anytime, anywhere.

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