Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Florida Law Keeps Many Valid Malpractice Cases Out of Court

By Paul B. Genet |

Florida’s strict medical malpractice laws often deprive injured patients of their right to a day in court. Before a victim may even attempt to sue a negligent doctor, there must be a “presuit investigation” to establish that there are “reasonable grounds” for the malpractice complaint. Among other thing, the victim must present an affidavit… Read More »

Do Both Parents Have to Consent to a Child’s Surgery Under Florida Law?

By Paul B. Genet |

A physician may be liable for medical malpractice in Florida if he or she fails to obtain a patient’s informed consent before performing a surgical procedure. “Informed consent” means more than a quick description of the procedure. Florida law requires the doctor give the patient “a general understanding of the procedure, the medically acceptable… Read More »

Study Claims “Medical Error” Is the #3 Cause of Death in the U.S.

By Paul B. Genet |

Although Florida legislators have made it more difficult in recent years to bring medical malpractice claims, the truth is that physician error is an often underreported cause of serious injury or death. In fact, a major study recently published in a prominent medical journal offers some sobering statistics about medical error and patient deaths…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Negligence vs. Medical Malpractice

By Paul B. Genet |

It might seem odd to defend against a claim of negligence by arguing you actually committed medical malpractice. But in Florida there may be good reason to offer such a defense. Florida has much stricter standards for medical malpractice lawsuits than ordinary negligence or personal injury claims. This can allow a clever defendant to… Read More »

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