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Hospital Injuries

Medical malpractice law is a complex specialty with its own set of laws and rules. The term "medical malpractice" refers to cases in which patients have suffered injuries, including death, due to the negligence of a healthcare professional or provider. Medical negligence has its own meaning within Florida law and is generally recognized as a breach by the healthcare professional in providing care according to the prevailing standard of care. The standard of care is defined as "that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers." Section 766.102, Fla. Stat. (2015). Medical malpractice cases in Florida generally require developing testimony from medical and/or other healthcare experts regarding a breach in the standard of care as well as causation of the injuries claimed. They require knowing the arguments from all sides, with each side having multiple layers: the facts, the experts' analyses of those facts, and the application of the law to the experts' analyses and the facts.

Medical malpractice cases will require a lawyer to thoroughly formulate a comprehensive strategy of the case from the beginning, and to continuously evaluate this strategy as facts are developed in the case. The process of knowing how to pursue your case in turn vitally depends upon a lawyer's understanding of the medical facts and the legal framework. That is why this area of law should be navigated by an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Ms. Carpenter is one of few attorneys in the state of Florida who maintains her licensure as a registered nurse while working exclusively in medical malpractice law. She has worked with hundreds of medical experts, including taking and defending expert depositions and cross examinations at trial. Ms. Carpenter has handled many medically complex cases involving the following conditions:

  • Death
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cardiac diseases including myocardial infarction and heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Pediatric cases/injuries to children
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  • Emergency medical conditions
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Neurologic injuries, including paralysis, nerve, brain, and spinal cord damage
  • Amputations and Limb Loss
  • Vocal cord injuries
  • Lung injuries
  • Sepsis, localized infections, and blood infections
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers
  • Transplant injuries and complications
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye disease
  • Obstetrical injuries including birth injuries and death
  • Skin injuries

Because medical malpractice law is multifaceted and complex, you should carefully evaluate the skill and experience of the attorney you select to handle your case. Ms. Carpenter will be happy to speak with you to discuss your medical malpractice case and any questions you may have for her.

Wrongful Death

Florida law has its own set of rules for negligence that results in death. The Florida Wrongful Death Act can be complex and is best navigated by an attorney who can understand both the law and the mechanism of injuries resulting in death. We at The Patient’s Law Firm, P.A., have a unique ability to do so with our combined medical and legal expertise. Call today for a free consultation: 727-281-4357.

PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury

Medical Malpractice

Medical Wrongful Death

ABOUT OUR FIRM

At The Patient’s Law Firm, your case will be evaluated by a dually-licensed healthcare and legal professional, nurse attorney Christa Carpenter. Ms. Carpenter prides herself on responsiveness, dedication, and specialized knowledge in healthcare law.