Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Attorney
Responding to incidences of medical negligence in Georgia and Florida
Doctors, nurses and hospitals have a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of competence and care when caring for patients — a standard that is set by comparing the level of service provided with the minimum standard of care provided in the profession as a whole. Licensed physicians and registered nurses must behave in ways that demonstrate skill, competence and diligence. If you have been injured or harmed as a result of negligence by a doctor or hospital, contact Gillette Law, P.A. With over two decades of experience in medical malpractice law, Jacksonville medical malpractice attorney Charles J. Gillette, Jr. can help you determine what steps to take to secure your right to compensation.
Types of medical negligence include:
- Emergency room malpractice
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Malpractice by a nurse, doctor or hospital
- Vaccination injuries
- Adverse drug interactions
- Prescription drug errors
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Surgical errors
- Foreign body discoveries
- Errors by an anesthesiologist
- Birth-related injuries
- Obstetrics errors
- Cerebral-palsy-related injuries
- Hospital-related infections
Establishing a claim for medical malpractice
Medical malpractice lawsuits involve unique issues and problems that only a lawyer who is well versed in the law can properly navigate. There are a few prerequisites to filing a medical malpractice claim that you should be aware of as you begin narrowing your search for a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer:
- The statute of limitations and the statute of repose. The law limits the time you have to file a medical malpractice claim. In Georgia, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of the incident — or, if a minor child or mentally incompetent adult is the victim or an invisible injury is the problem, within a year after the discovery of the injury so long as no more than five years has passed since the accident or injury. In Florida, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date the victim knew or should have known of the injury, so long as no more than four years has passed since the date of the injury or onset of the disease, unless there is evidence of fraud, concealment or misrepresentation.
- Was the doctor’s decision an exercise of sound judgment? Reasonable minds may disagree about whether a medical professional has behaved unprofessionally — and there are some cases in which the determinations come down to a battle of the experts. Failure to exercise best efforts may be a sign of medical negligence.
Contact our Jacksonville attorney to discuss your medical malpractice matter
Gillette Law, P.A. is centrally located to serve clients in Florida and Georgia. The helpful professional staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Contact us online, or call us at 904-358-1304 or toll-free at 888-366-5904. If you are unable to visit one of our offices, we can meet with you in your home or hospital room. We offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay on a percentage basis only when we win your case.