Articles Tagged with statute of limitations

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider, such as a doctor, hospital or clinic, performs an act or omission during the course of treating a patient that deviates from the accepted norms of practice in the medical community, causing injury to the patient. Medical malpractice occurs often here in Florida. It is critical that you are aware that Florida law places a strict deadline on when you may file a lawsuit for a medical malpractice claim.

If you or a loved one is injured at the fault of a medical provider, such as a physician, clinic, or hospital, it is imperative that you hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney. The Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, PA are here for you! Our attorneys represent medical malpractice victims and their families throughout Miami Dade, Miami Beach, The Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Broward, and West Palm Beach.

The Applicable Statute of Limitations Period

You are driving down Coral Way in Miami and another vehicle t-bones your car. You smack your head against the driver’s side window and the airbags deploy. You have suffered serious injuries and will likely need significant treatment. When should you hire a Miami personal injury lawyer?

Answer: sooner rather than later. Why? Because of the statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations is a finite period of time which has been fixed by law. It is the window of time that a plaintiff (i.e. the injured party) must file a claim in order to be heard in a court of law. In other words, if a suit is filed after the statute of limitations expires, the case is likely to be dismissed irrespective of the seriousness of the injury or the amount of compensation claimed. Statute of limitations apply to virtually all civil cases, including personal injury cases.