Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Doctors and health care providers can be held legally responsible for mistakes made while treating patients. Our Jacksonville medical malpractice attorneys have over 40 years of experience helping malpractice victims take legal action for their injuries. Now, we’re here to help you navigate the legal process and get the compensation you deserve.
If you’re struggling with painful physical injuries, a devastating diagnosis, or the sudden death of a family member due to a mistake by a medical provider, Farah & Farah can help. You may have the right to take legal action and hold the negligent provider accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Florida can help.
Farah & Farah has been fighting for victims of medical negligence in Jacksonville since 1979. We have the resources and experience to take on even the largest large health care corporations and win big results for our clients. We’ve secured over $2 billion in jury verdicts and settlements through collaboration, teamwork, and passionate advocacy.
Put yourself in the best position to maximize your medical malpractice settlement. Call our law office in Jacksonville, FL, at (904) 549-6434 to set up a free consultation with our award-winning Florida trial attorneys now.
Why Farah & Farah Is the Right Choice for Your Medical Malpractice Case
Working with Farah & Farah on your claim for compensation after a medical injury can put you in a better position to protect your right to compensation. We’ll treat you with the honesty, dignity, and respect you deserve as we build a strong case for damages and fight back against powerful insurance companies and medical providers.
Here’s why victims of medical errors regularly choose Farah & Farah:
- Our law firm has been a proud and tenacious advocate for injury victims and families since its founding over four decades ago.
- We put our clients first and provide an open-door policy and transparency so that you’ll always have access to your legal team and information about your case.
- There is absolutely no cost or fee to hire our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys unless we win your medical malpractice claim.
- We embrace our home-grown Jacksonville roots by continually giving back to our local community through service and donations.
- Our attorneys have been voted “Best Lawyer” in Jacksonville by Folio Magazine and recognized as Top 100 Trial Attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers.
- We’re proud to have recovered several high-value accident settlements and verdicts for our clients, with over $2 billion in total.
Farah & Farah is the team you’ll want standing beside you as you take on your doctor and other negligent medical professionals. You don’t have to take our word for it. Our client reviews and testimonials speak volumes about the level of service we provide for every client.
Contact our legal team in Jacksonville to learn more. Your initial case evaluation is free.
How Our Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You and Your Family
For many victims of medical malpractice, the process of seeking compensation for negligence can be overwhelming. At Farah & Farah, our experienced Jacksonville medical malpractice attorneys can help you every step of the way.
You don’t have to navigate the legal requirements and negotiation alone. Here’s what you can count on us to do when you work with our skilled legal team:
- Explain your legal rights and options and help you figure out the best path forward.
- Help you secure medical treatment from a competent provider near you in Jacksonville.
- Obtain medical records, charts, hospital policies and procedures, provider records, photographs, and other evidence to support your medical negligence claim.
- Interview members of your medical team and other witnesses who might have pertinent information about your treatment.
- Prepare a pre-suit affidavit with testimony from an independent medical expert to demonstrate the basis of your legal claim.
- Handle settlement negotiations with the hospital, insurance company, and/or other parties on your behalf.
- Take your case all the way to trial if the negligent medical provider refuses to offer a fair settlement value.
Our medical injury lawyers will work tirelessly to not only win your case but maximize your financial recovery. We’re ready to put our experience to work for you.
What Is the Standard of Care in Florida Medical Malpractice Cases?
Medical malpractice refers to a health care provider’s failure to provide care that satisfies accepted standards within the medical community, which, in turn, causes an injury or death.
The accepted standard of care in Florida is the level of care, skill, and treatment recognized as reasonable, appropriate, and acceptable by other similar prudent health care providers.”
Ultimately, the standard of care depends on the type of practitioner treating you and your case’s specific circumstances. Determining whether your medical providers, such as a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, failed to provide appropriate care will require input from independent medical experts with experience and knowledge working in the same field of medicine.
We Help with a Variety of Medical Malpractice Cases in Jacksonville, FL
You’ll want an experienced medical malpractice attorney handling your case as you take on a negligent health care provider or hospital. At Farah & Farah, we’ve spent more than 40 years successfully advocating for clients in medical negligence cases involving the following:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Wrong site surgery
- Prescription drug errors
- Medical device injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency room error
- Birth injury
- Hospital errors
- Nursing home negligence
- Failure to treat
- Wrongful death
Regardless of how your medical injury occurred, our experienced Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyers are here to help.
How Much Is My Jacksonville Medical Negligence Claim Worth?
Although every case is different, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the average payout in medical malpractice claims in the United States between 2009 and 2014 was $353,473.
Roughly 7 percent of all medical malpractice settlements during that timeframe exceeded $1 million.
It’s challenging to estimate the value of your medical malpractice case based on averages because the exact value depends on the circumstances specific to your injury.
What Factors Can Influence My Medical Malpractice Settlement?
Several factors are important to consider when determining the value of your case, including the following:
- The nature of your specific injuries.
- Your age at the time you were injured.
- The details of your long-term prognosis.
- The impact of your injuries on your daily life.
- How your ability to work is affected by your injury.
In general, the more significant the impact on your life, the more you can expect to recover in a related medical malpractice claim or lawsuit.
At Farah & Farah, we have a reputation for providing aggressive representation for our medical malpractice clients to ensure they receive fair compensation for their injuries. Recently, we secured a $5 million settlement for a client who suffered a brain injury due to negligent emergency room care.
Find out how we can help you get the financial accountability you deserve by calling us at (904) 549-6434 today.
What Damages Can I Get in a Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
In Florida, plaintiffs in medical malpractice claims are permitted to seek compensatory damages from a negligent health care provider or hospital.
Compensatory damages include economic damages, offset financial burdens, and non-economic damages, which help make up for harder-to-value life changes.
Our medical malpractice lawyers in Jacksonville will fight to get you money for:
- Amounts paid for current medical care
- Costs associated with reasonably necessary medical treatment in the future
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages and income
- Lost job opportunities
- Nursing assistance
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, or the loss of companionship
- Disfigurement and scarring
The hospital and its insurance company will work hard to dictate the terms of your claim. Farah & Farah won’t let them. We’ll take a detailed and aggressive approach to help you get the total amount of damages available in your medical malpractice case.
We’ll bring in medical experts and specialists to offer insight and guidance as we prepare your claim and negotiate a settlement. We’ll exhaust every resource and utilize every legal strategy to get you the settlement you deserve.
How Common Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical errors are so common that they’re recognized as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some studies suggest that a quarter of a million people are killed because of medical mistakes annually. Some argue that the rate of death is actually higher due to vast underreporting.
Additionally, a study by NORC at the University of Chicago found that 21 percent of Americans say they have personally experienced a medical error.
According to the American Medical Association, about 34 percent of health care providers have lawsuits filed against them at some point during their careers. Of doctors aged 55 and over, half face litigation for medical errors.
Medical Malpractice FAQs
You’ve been injured or lost a family member because of a doctor’s medical error. Now you have questions about your rights and the legal path in front of you. Farah & Farah has the answers you need.
What Causes Most Medical Errors in Jacksonville?
Some of the leading causes of medical errors include:
- Provider fatigue
- Communication errors among the medical team
- Failing to listen to patient concerns
- Failing to order appropriate diagnostic tests
- Misinterpreting diagnostic test results
- Inadequate supervision
- Inexperienced providers
- Missing warning signs
- Premature discharge
It’s important to identify all potential causes for your inadequate medical care. Your attorney will be able to investigate the circumstances of your care and uncover the underlying causes of your mistreatment.
Are There Caps on Damages in Florida Medical Malpractice?
No, thanks to a 2017 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, there are no caps on economic or non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
However, punitive damages can be capped and must be proportionate to the amount of compensatory damages awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant when there is clear and convincing evidence of intentional misconduct or gross negligence. It’s rare for punitive damages to be awarded in medical malpractice cases because these cases usually don’t involve conduct that meets these requirements. Punitive damages in medical malpractice cases may apply in some situations, like those involving sexual assault or other egregious behavior.
How Long Do I Have to File a Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
In Florida, a two-year statute of limitations applies to most medical malpractice lawsuits. The medical malpractice statute of limitations begins to run on the date of the medical error or when the injury is diagnosed, whichever is later.
This includes cases alleging personal injury and wrongful death in Jacksonville.
However, Florida also has a statute of repose that applies to medical negligence claims. Unlike the statute of limitations, which may start on a date other than when the negligence occurred, the statute of repose starts when the negligence occurred, even if the potential cause of action cannot be reasonably discovered until later.
This means you only have a total of four years from the initial medical mistake to file a lawsuit, regardless of the date you discovered the injury.
Turn to Our Trusted Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Attorneys For Help Today
If you or a loved one have been injured due to medical negligence, call Farah & Farah’s medical malpractice attorneys in Jacksonville today at (904) 549-6434. Your initial case review is free, there are no upfront costs to get started, and you don’t pay anything unless we win your case.
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