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Fight for your health with a medical malpractice claim

When you hear the term medical malpractice, your initial inclination may be to imagine a medical doctor who has failed to exercise a reasonable degree of care when dealing with a patient -- for example, by failing to diagnose an illness in a timely manner or committing grave surgical errors. However, the law does not limit malpractice to physicians' conduct.

Malpractice in Florida also applies to health care facilities, anesthesiologists, nurses and even pharmaceutical companies. The most important part of any medical malpractice claim is proving fault.


A court may hold hospitals, which are either private or public entities, liable for negligence if patients of the hospitals suffer harm while in the hospital's care. In the same way, hospitals may be vicariously liable for their employees' negligence.

When it comes to hiring, hospital administration must reasonably inquire about applicants' education, licensing and training. However, sometimes administrators fail to do this -- for example, they may fail to investigate attending physicians' credentials prior to granting him or her privileges at their facilities. In other situations, an administrator may have known or should have known that a doctor was incompetent but allowed the physician to keep treating patients at the hospital.

Yet another area of possible liability has to do with the number of nursing professionals on duty. Hospital managers are also required to make sure that enough registered nurses are available around the clock to maintain a high level of patient care.

Pharmaceutical companies

Pharmaceutical manufacturers might also be liable if their drugs have caused injuries to patients. However, this is true only if the manufacturers did not warn doctors about the potential dangers or side effects of the drugs. In this case, the drugs would be called unreasonably dangerous.

Legal right

If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a hospital or pharmaceutical company, you have the right to file a legal claim seeking the reimbursement of damages. Liability has to be established, based upon competent proof of negligence, in front of the civil court hearing your case before a judge will adjudicate claims for financial damages.

A successfully fought medical malpractice claim in Florida may lead to a monetary damage award, which may help you to cover the cost of addressing the injuries that a hospital or pharmaceutical company caused. It might also help to address pain and suffering that the at-fault party caused you.

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