Today, almost a quarter of Americans encounter medical errors while in the hospital. This isn’t surprising, as medical mistakes are the third leading cause of mortalities in the US.
Fortunately, legal recourse options are available to victims and their families. But how does a person go about suing a hospital for negligent patient care?
First, a patient must prove that medical malpractice did in fact occur and the mistake was the reason for the injury. In many cases, hospital or healthcare entities are to blame due to inadequate staff, improperly implemented procedures, poor staff training and more.
Second, civil procedural rules for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital must be followed. Florida statutes set forth these rules and they include specific timeframes to file suit and other aspects. A failure to abide by any rules set forth under the law could bar a victim from complete recovery.
The above two rules are just the basics. There is so much more involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit before a victim or their family can recover compensation against a healthcare entity. The best way to increase the chances for recovery, however, is by hiring a qualified medical malpractice attorney or legal team who has handled these types of cases against large healthcare entities.