Doctor Negligence Lawyer in Gainesville, FL

How a Doctor Negligence Attorney Can Help You

What is doctor negligence?

Doctor negligence is a type of medical malpractice and falls under Florida's medical negligence laws found in Chapter 766, Florida Statutes. Doctor negligence lawyers can review your potential case to determine whether your primary care physician, family practice doctor, or specialist committed negligence during your care and treatment.

Doctor negligence is different from nursing negligence or hospital negligence.

  • Doctors make the important decisions needed for medical treatment and provide orders for other medical personnel to follow.
  • Doctors provide the instructions for physicians assistance, CNA's, registered nurses and other medical personnel in clinical and hospital settings.
  • Doctors also make decisions regarding referrals to other specialists and surgeons such as neurosurgeons or infectious disease specialists.

Often times claims arise out of a doctor's negligence for failing to properly diagnose or treat a patient. These claims can arise as a result of doctors not spending enough time with their patients or missing important signs and symptoms. Other doctor's negligence claims can result out of inadequate treatment of patients. For instance prescribing an improper dosage of medication or committing an error during surgery.

When should I speak to an attorney about doctor negligence?

If you believe that you have been a possible victim of a doctor's negligence you should speak to an attorney in Gainesville, FL as quickly as possible. Because Florida also has a lengthy and demanding pre-suit investigation requirement, your attorney needs additional time to be able to determine whether or not you have a possible medical negligence claim arising out of your doctors actions or in actions. Additionally, it takes time to gather all of the necessary medical records for your attorney to be able to review your possible case for doctors's negligence.

An additional requirement in Florida is that every medical negligence case or medical malpractice case is reviewed by a medical expert in the area of possible negligence. That medical expert will provide an affidavit or written report concerning the negligence of the healthcare provider. For instance, if you have been a victim of medical malpractice due to improper orthopedic surgery, your Gainesville attorney will be required to obtain a written affidavit from another orthopedic surgeon who is certified in Florida and who will attest that reasonable grounds exist for a medical malpractice action based on the experts investigation and review of the medical records.

As you can see this is a very lengthy process since the medical expert cannot review the case until all the medical records have been obtained from the various providers. If you would like to review the specific requirements of pre-suit medical malpractice investigations you can find the information in Florida statutes Chapter 766.

What can Warner, Sechrest and Butts do for you?

Our law firm has significant experience in handling medical malpractice and doctor's negligence cases. We have taken medical malpractice and doctor's negligence cases to trial and succeeded in recovering damages on behalf of our clients, in addition to successfully negotiating with medical providers during pre-suit and litigation. We have attorneys who are board-certified experts in civil trial law and you are able to provide you the opportunity to recover your maximum allowable damages under the law.

Medical malpractice damages include past and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning potential cock, loss of household services, loss of's consortium and other types of damages which only a qualified medical malpractice attorney will be able to recover. Cases involving doctor's negligence are very specific and require the expertise of the law firm in Gainesville, FL that is able to understand the medical records and the medical standard of care involves in your specific case. Additionally, medical malpractice cases have many potential traps and pitfalls which the unwary lawyer will not be able to avoid.

Our firm understands those traps and has developed a practice centered around providing medical malpractice clients with the best potential to avoid traps and defenses and achieve the maximum recovery recovery possible. Moreover, our Gainesville lawyers are specially trained to investigate issues of medical malpractice including lack of informed consent, failure to warn of potential risks, improper diagnosis, improper treatment, improper or negligent follow-up treatment, and lack of nursing supervision as well as many other potential areas of medical negligence.

If you believe that you have been the victim of possible doctor's negligence please contact our Gainesville law firm 24 hours a day. We will be able to talk to you about your case and help guide you through the difficulties that you are having. Our firm has experience with doctor's negligence in any area of medicine.