Ocala Medical Malpractice
Our attorneys were born and raised here in Ocala, Florida. Attorneys Michael Dean and Timothy Dean are more than attorneys and business partners – they are also brothers. In the last decades of the twentieth century, the greater Ocala area had one of the highest growth rates in the country for a city its size.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFINITION
Medical Malpractice is defined as “improper care or treatment by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional”. It is also called “medical negligence”. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—behind only heart disease and cancer. Essentially, a medical malpractice case is a claim of medical negligence, alleging that, but for the medical professional’s negligence, you would have avoided the harm that you suffered as a result of their mistake. However, you can not sue your doctor just for making a mistake. Before filing a lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the mistake caused you harm or further damage to the original problem. Before hiring one of our Ocala attorneys to handle your case, it is always a good to get a Medical Assessment done by health care professional after you feel the mistake has been made, so you can be sure of what exactly went wrong.
The Florida justice system sees hundreds of thousands of cases each year. Florida medical malpractice law is very complicated and specialized. Many of these cases are medical malpractice cases. The Ocala medical malpractice attorneys at the Dean Law Firm offer their Ocala clients the best possible representation in their medical malpractice cases.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, it may not be too late to act. A Florida medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within a two-year statute of limitations. The two years begin to run when the patient discovers, or should have discovered through use of due diligence, the problem allegedly caused by medical negligence. Florida also has a repose statute, which bars all claims after four years from when the event occurred, whether or not they are discovered. To temper these limitations, Florida has a statute, like Mississippi, that can extend the limitations period an additional two years if the defendant fraudulently concealed their involvement in the case.
Malpractice statutes of limitation and repose can be extremely complicated, and it is not always cut and dried as to whether a case was filed on time. Malpractice victims should always consult a qualified malpractice attorney in their state to evaluate their case as soon as possible after an incident. Our skilled attorneys can help you have the peace of mind to move forward with your malpractice claim. Seeking compensation for somebody else’s mistakes can be a long and exhausting process. Make sure you have one of our skilled advocates on your side to make your case run as smoothly as possible. At the Dean Law Firm, we represent clients in many Ocala injury and negligence cases, including medical malpractice. Contact us online or call (352) 387-8700 to set up a free consultation with an Ocala medical malpractice lawyer today.