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Florida Court Tosses Damage Award Over Expert Testimony

By Paul B. Genet |

If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident, you may face significant bills for past and future medical expenses related to your treatment. If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek to recover those expenses through a personal injury lawsuit. But a court will require expert evidence to… Read More »

Florida Doctor Sanctioned for Misconduct During Malpractice Trial

By Paul B. Genet |

Medical malpractice cases usually involve negligence in the context of providing ordinary medical care. But there are instances when malpractice is just part of a larger offense to a victim’s dignity and basic human rights. A recent Florida appeals court decision in a case that has taken nearly two decades to resolve illustrates the… Read More »

Should Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Mean Giving Up Your Privacy Rights?

By Paul B. Genet |

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear yet another appeal related to medical malpractice. This case addresses a 2013 law adopted by the Florida legislature that significantly compromises a patient’s right to medical privacy. A plaintiff pursuing a medical malpractice case on behalf of her late husband has asked the Supreme Court to… Read More »

Can You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit If a Family Member Dies on a Cruise?

By Paul B. Genet |

Cruises are big business in South Florida. According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the cruise industry is responsible for “more than 140,000 jobs and more than $7.3 billion in direct purchases in Florida” alone. But if you are one of the thousands of Floridians who are considering taking a cruise this year,… Read More »

Florida Court Tosses Jury Malpractice Verdict Due to Insufficient Expert Testimony

By Paul B. Genet |

A physician has a legal and ethical duty to advise a patient of the material risks of a proposed surgical procedure. When a physician fails to obtain the patient’s “informed consent,” and the patient suffers injury as a result, it may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, Florida law does require any… Read More »

Is a Florida Bar Owner Liable for a Drunk Driver’s Actions?

By Paul B. Genet |

Everyone understands the dangers of drunk driving. Over a ten-year period nearly 8,500 people died in alcohol-related car accidents in Florida alone, according to statistics published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have been injured due a drunk driver’s negligence, you may be wondering if the people responsible for… Read More »

Can a Doctor Make You Sign Away Your Right to Sue for Malpractice?

By Paul B. Genet |

If you are seriously injured due to medical malpractice, you have a protected constitutional right to pursue your claims before a jury. As an alternative, Florida law does provide for voluntary arbitration—that is, resolution of your claims before a group of private judges without a jury—under certain circumstances. If the medical provider is willing… Read More »

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Insurance Company Delay Tactics

By Paul B. Genet |

There are unfortunately too many cases where a person is injured in an auto accident and the negligent driver lacks sufficient insurance to pay for the damages. To protect against such a contingency, you can purchase uninsured motorist (UM) coverage as part of your own auto insurance policy. In fact, Florida law requires insurers… Read More »

Post-Judgment Interest Can Make a Big Difference to Malpractice Victims

By Paul B. Genet |

In a medical malpractice case, winning a jury verdict is usually not the end of the matter. There may be a lengthy appeals process, followed by delays in receiving payment from the negligent doctor or medical provider. This is why Florida, like most states, requires payment of post-judgment interest on any damage award. For… Read More »

How Florida Deals With Traumatic Brain Injuries During Childbirth

By Paul B. Genet |

Medical malpractice always imposes hardship on its victims. But when physician or hospital negligence causes a traumatic brain injury to a child, the consequences are even more devastating. Such injuries often lead to a lifetime of costly medical care and exact an emotional toll on the parents. To deal with such cases, the Florida… Read More »

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