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Can I Sue for Misdiagnosis in Florida?

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Misdiagnosis in FloridaYes, you can sue a doctor or hospital in Florida if they misdiagnose your condition.

Florida’s medical negligence law requires doctors to carefully assess patients and perform appropriate diagnostic tests before making a diagnosis.

If a doctor breaks this requirement by making an incorrect diagnosis or failing to diagnose your condition, you can sue for damages.

What Do I Need to Prove to Win a Misdiagnosis Lawsuit?

To win a misdiagnosis lawsuit in Florida, you must prove:

  • Existence of a doctor-patient relationship – You must prove that you were a patient of the doctor who misdiagnosed you. Doctors owe their patients a duty of care to provide competent medical treatment.
  • Unprofessional medical care – The doctor failed to meet a reasonable standard of care by misdiagnosing you.
  • Causation – The misdiagnosis directly caused an injury or harm of some kind.
  • Damages – You suffered damages due to the misdiagnosis, such as additional medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.

Demonstrating these four legal elements establishes the doctor’s negligence and that you deserve compensation for damages.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Misdiagnosis?

In Florida, you can file a lawsuit for misdiagnosis up to two years after the medical error is discovered.

This deadline does not apply to cases where a doctor intentionally misleads the patient to hide their mistake.

After the deadline has passed, you may no longer be able to file a lawsuit, so contact a misdiagnosis lawyer for a consultation as soon as possible.

What Damages Can I Seek if I Win the Lawsuit?

If your lawsuit is successful, you can recover damages including:

  • Any medical costs related to the misdiagnosis
  • Lost wages, including future earnings, if you can no longer work
  • Compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress
  • Rehabilitation costs

A medical lawyer can help you obtain fair compensation for the damages. Suing holds doctors and hospitals accountable and can prevent future medical errors.

What are Common Causes of Misdiagnosis in Hospitals?

Common causes of misdiagnosis are:

  • Failure to order diagnostic tests
  • Misinterpretation of test results
  • Ignoring patient’s symptoms or medical history
  • Communication errors between healthcare providers
  • Lack of experience with the patient’s medical condition
  • Dismissing patient’s complaints about pain

Contact a Misdiagnosis Lawyer at Vanguard Attorneys

At Vanguard Attorneys, our medical lawyers understand that you may be hesitant to take legal action after a misdiagnosis. The consequences of an incorrect diagnosis can be dangerous and expensive.

Retaining us gives you the best chance to obtain proper compensation. Our lawyers have the experience to prove that medical negligence occurred – which can be difficult in medical cases.

Our legal team will manage the legal process for you. We’ll handle filing paperwork, settlement negotiations, and communicating with the hospital, so you can focus on your health.

The lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys have decades of medical litigation experience. We work with experts to calculate damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and future costs.

If the defendant refuses to offer a fair settlement, our lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial and win compensation in court.

Don’t take on the healthcare system alone – contact Vanguard Attorneys for dedicated legal representation from our best misdiagnosis lawyers.

Together, we will hold the negligent parties liable. Call (813) 471-4444 for a free consultation.