Hospital Negligence Attorneys in Gainesville, FL
Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers
What is hospital negligence?
Hospital negligence is a type of medical malpractice involving the inadequate care of a hospital and/or its medical personnel. Hospital negligence can also refer to the hospital's vicarious liability for doctors and nurses who work within the hospital or who have privileges to work within the hospital, even if they are not employees of the hospital.
Many cases of direct hospital negligence involve nurses who are employed in the hospital and fail to follow standard nursing protocol or follow doctor's specific orders relating to the patient. Other examples involving nurses are failure to recognize fall risks or provide a patient with prescription medication during the hospital stay.
Hospital negligence can also involve:
- Poor staffing
- Poor or inoperable equipment
- Substandard administrative rules/regulations
Emergency room doctors are usually employees of the hospital and the hospital is responsible for their actions. Other doctors who have privileges to work with in the hospital may not be considered employees of the hospital and the hospital may not be responsible for that doctor's negligence. These situations vary on a case-by-case basis. It is important to speak to a medical malpractice attorney very early in your case to determine whether you have been the victim of hospital negligence.
Should I contact a lawyer about possible hospital negligence?
Yes. If you believe that you have possibly been injured as result of hospital negligence or if a family member has been injured or killed as a result of hospital negligence, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately.
In Florida, there are very short limitation periods involving medical malpractice actions and an attorney has very little time to prepare a case and file a lawsuit on your behalf. Additionally, there is significant pre-suit work that is required for the attorney to be able to pursue a medical malpractice case.
The pre-suit process includes obtaining all the necessary medical records and having them reviewed by an expert in a particular area. In a hospital negligence case, the attorney will likely need to have your medical records reviewed by a nursing expert in addition to a hospitalist doctor and/or possible emergency room doctors or other medical experts. This pre-suit investigation can be very time-consuming, and it is important for you to provide a lawyer with as much opportunity to get the case prepared for serving the notice of intent to initiate litigation, which is required by Florida Statutes chapter 766 before a lawsuit can be filed.
Why should I contact Warner, Sechrest and Butts?
We dedicate our practice to representing injured victims against large insurance companies, hospitals and corporations. We fight for the individual. Our law firm has significant experience handling hospital negligence cases. We have successfully represented clients for many years in mediations pre-suit investigations, litigation and trials relating to hospital negligence. Hospital cases are expensive and time-consuming, and our law firm is equipped to handle these issues.
In addition to our lawyers having significant medical malpractice experience, they have achieved such ratings and credentials as board certification in civil trial law which is the highest achievement a trial attorney can attain in the state of Florida. Additionally, our lawyers have been rated by SuperLawyers, best lawyers in Florida, AVVO rated superb and other notable achievements. If you believe that you have been a victim of hospital negligence, you should contact our office 24 hours a day or chat with us directly through our website.