Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence Law Update
Earlier this year, the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 651 (Recovery of Damages in Claims for Medical Malpractice Negligence) in a 99-16 vote.1 The bill, which was introduced in an effort to allow parents of deceased adult children who had no children of their own to recover damages for mental pain and suffering in medical negligence lawsuits, affects Florida statutes 768.21(8).
Florida statutes 768.21(8) currently disallows recovery of such damages. No other state in the nation does the same. One viewpoint on the matter reflects that blocking the public’s ability to sue for damages for mental pain and suffering in such a way fosters a lack of accountability on behalf of doctors and other medical professionals who are guilty of medical malpractice negligence.
Medical Malpractice Negligence as a whole occurs in many forms, including those involving everything from patient check-in errors to patient discharge negligence. It can involve doctors, physician assistants, medical staff, specialists, hospitals, medical offices, outpatient centers, and medical care facilities. No matter what form it appears in, medical malpractice negligence in Florida is based on provider or entity actions that represent a breach of the prevailing medical standard of care as defined by Florida law.2
From doctor’s office appointments and emergency room visits to long-term surgery related hospital stays, and for patients of all ages, Florida medical malpractice negligence remains a serious multi-faceted concern with regard to today’s ever-changing medical landscape.
If a loved one has been injured or has died due to Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence, contacting an experienced lawyer for an initial consultation is an important step. It is helpful to research information about lawyers who specialize in Medical Malpractice Negligence cases, or if possible, who specialize in the particular type of Medical Malpractice Negligence lawsuit case you may be dealing with.
Many lawyers and legal teams offer free initial consultations. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., we specialize in a wide variety of cases, including Medical Malpractice Negligence in Miami, South Florida, or any other area in Florida. To schedule a free initial consultation with our expert legal team call 877.662.5527 or 305.461.4800.