No one should fear suffering illness or injury because of a healthcare provider, yet this happens so often that a study in BMJ has named medical error as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
If you or your loved one suffered harm in this way, a skilled Lutz medical malpractice lawyer at Distasio Law Firm wants to represent you. Our experienced personal injury attorneys could help you hold the negligent medical practitioner or facility financially responsible for the damages you face. Free consultations with our team are available 24/7.
What the Distasio Personal Touch Can Bring to Your Lutz Malpractice Case
When you hire a law firm to build your medical malpractice case, you want more than a lawyer. You want an advocate who will listen to your experiences and use them to guide your claim or lawsuit – that’s The Distasio Difference. From the moment you reach out to us, you will receive transparent, honest communication from our entire team of Lutz medical malpractice attorneys. In addition, our firm:
- Is led by a Board-Certified Trial Attorney: Fewer than 1% of attorneys in Florida have received this certification from the Florida Bar. Receiving this certification shows the level of experience and competency our lawyer can bring to your case, both in and out of the courtroom.
- Never charges upfront or consultation fees: Right now, you are likely dealing with mounting medical bills and other financial struggles. You won’t have to pay anything for us to get started on your case, including when you call for an initial consultation.
- Only collects payment if we win: We strive to bring our clients results, but if our attorney is unable to win your case, you owe nothing.
Reviews from Clients in the Hillsborough County Area
- “They met with me, listened to me, explained things to me, and made the effort to make me feel comfortable in a situation I had never been in before. I knew that I could call or email at anytime and Scott or Leslie would have answers for me.” – L. Lianzo
- “Called lots of attorneys, over the phone they tried to judge my incident and said there is nothing there. Scott asked me for my medical records. Called me later and said he thinks we have a case. And from there we had the case settled quickly. Very professional and very efficient.” – M. Melton
- “What made Distasio Law Firm stand out above the rest was their personal commitment to their clients and always being available 24/7. Scott and his legal staff are professional, dedicated and hard-working, compassionate, and MOST IMPORTANTLY trustworthy.” – M. Schmorr
What a Medical Malpractice Settlement in Lutz Could Cover
When a healthcare provider commits malpractice, a variety of damages could be recoverable in a claim or lawsuit against them. For starters, they could be responsible for the care required to treat your new or worsened injury or illness, such as:
- Pain medications
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices
If your condition affects your ability to work, our proactive team of medical negligence lawyers in Lutz can also account for any loss of income or future earning ability you experienced. In addition, you could seek non-financial damages for the physical and emotional suffering your condition caused you.
The exact type and number of damages you qualify to receive will depend on the specifics of your case, which we will take the time to review in detail when you hire us. For any damage that doesn’t carry its own monetary value, we will calculate a fair amount before arriving at the case’s overall value.
The Challenge of Bringing Cases Against Healthcare Providers in Florida
The healthcare industry receives a significant amount of protection in Florida. Many state laws are in place to protect medical professionals and facilities from litigation, so the burden of proof in a medical malpractice case is high.
It is not enough to establish that you suffered harm due to a physician or nurse’s negligence—you must be able to prove:
- Their actions or inaction was unreasonable;
- Another healthcare provider would not have taken the same steps; and
- Your illness or injury would not have occurred if not for their negligence.
You will have to jump through several hoops and navigate multiple statutes to build a case that holds up in settlement negotiations or in court. This is in addition to the steps required in any personal injury case. For example, every medical malpractice case must undergo review by an independent medical expert, per Florida Statutes § 766.203.
An Independent Medical Expert Must Weigh in on Your Case
You will need to contact a healthcare professional who has no connection to your case and have them review the facts. For the case to move forward, they must corroborate your claims of medical malpractice by signing a presuit affidavit. Then, you must send this document, along with your notice of intent to sue, to all defendants in the case within the designated window.
Yet, even having this document does not guarantee that the case will proceed, as the same statute gives the defendant an opportunity to hire their own medical expert for a presuit investigation.
Though the presuit affidavit and investigation is just one aspect of a medical malpractice case, it may be enough to make you wary of seeking compensation – but rest assured, our firm understands Florida’s medical malpractice laws well. Our diligent legal professionals will not back down if there is evidence that you or your loved one was the victim of medical negligence in Lutz.
Our Firm Will Guide You Through Florida’s Medical Malpractice Laws
Whether it occurred at a hospital like St. Joseph’s or at the local urgent care center, Distasio Law Firm can fight for your rights if you or a loved one experienced medical malpractice involving any of the following or similar scenarios:
- Medication error, such as receiving the wrong drugs or suffering an overdose
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries, whether before, during, or after delivery
- Surgical error, such as if you underwent unnecessary surgery or a foreign object was left behind during the procedure
- Anesthesia error
- Failure to provide follow-up care
- Failure to perform reasonable tests
However, you don’t have long to act. Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(b) gives medical malpractice victims only two years to file a lawsuit against the liable party. Many factors affect this filing window, so the earlier you reach out, the sooner our capable team can identify the exact deadline and take action.
Discuss Your Case with a Lutz Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
You deserve to feel safe when seeking treatment at a hospital or other healthcare facility. When this results in physical, financial, and emotional damages, our team wants to help you hold the liable parties accountable.