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Lakeland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Why Do You Need a Lakeland Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare provider's negligence causes injury or harm to a patient. Such negligence can include misdiagnosis, medication and surgical errors, and infections resulting from substandard care. A qualified Lakeland medical malpractice lawyer can help you secure financial compensation for your losses.

Those who have been injured by medical malpractice have likely had their lives turned upside down. Dealing with financial difficulties, loss of time, and stress on top of your original medical illness can be extremely challenging. The harm to your physical health may also be permanent and non-reversible. At such a time as this, you deserve proven assistance to help improve your life as soon as possible.

We at Osborne & Francis know all too well the devastating effects medical malpractice can have on an individual’s life. As such, we are dedicated to advocating for justice and compensation on behalf of our clients and their families in Lakeland, Florida, and beyond.

To speak with a local Lakeland medical malpractice lawyer right away, contact us at (561) 293-2600 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We are on hand to discuss the possible compensation available to you and provide valuable information about your legal rights and options moving forward.

What Kind of Monetary Settlement Can a Lakeland Medical Malpractice Attorney Help You Obtain?

Your Lakeland medical malpractice attorney can assist in securing a settlement that covers:

  • Medical expenses: Your medical malpractice lawyer can help you obtain financial compensation that includes the cost of medical treatment and related expenses, such as medication, surgery, hospital stays, and therapy.
  • Lost wages and loss of future income: If your injuries make it so you are unable to work, or if you lose the ability to generate wages in the future, your attorney can argue for damages that reimburse you in full.
  • Pain and suffering damages: These types of damages are designed to compensate you for losses stemming from physical pain and emotional suffering caused by medical malpractice. These can be complex, but an experienced attorney will be able to calculate these accurately.
  • Punitive damages: In some situations, punitive damages may be available. These are intended to punish the violator for their misconduct and deter future instances of malpractice.
  • Wrongful death costs: If a death has resulted on account of medical malpractice, your attorney may be able to file for wrongful death damages that cover related costs. Such expenses can include funeral costs, loss of household support and income, and the deep emotional pain of losing a loved one’s companionship.

Every medical malpractice case is unique, and the compensation you may receive depends on the specific facts and circumstances. Also, the skill and experience of the attorney handling your case can influence your damages award, so it’s important to select the right lawyer for your case.

An experienced attorney from Osborne & Francis will work with you to formulate the appropriate strategy and course of action and can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to under the law.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What Types of Injuries Does a Lakeland Medical Malpractice Attorney Handle?

A Lakeland medical malpractice attorney can handle cases for a broad range of losses and injuries resulting from medical malpractice or medical product liability. The following are examples of medical malpractice injuries our attorneys regularly litigate:

  • Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failed diagnosis: If a doctor or other medical professional misdiagnoses, delays in a diagnosis, or fails to diagnose an illness, it can pose serious risks to the patient. These may include missed treatment opportunities, unnecessary pain and suffering, shortened lifespan, and even death.
  • Errors in surgery: Surgical errors can happen when a surgeon commits a crucial mistake during surgery. Examples include damaging organs and tissues, leaving surgical implements inside the patient, or operating on the wrong part of the body.
  • Birth/neonatal injuries: Birth injuries can take place during the childbirth process and may cause serious harm to the newborn infant and/or mother. Birth injury examples include Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Various neonatal ICU injuries can also be subject to medical malpractice litigation. A common example is necrotizing enterocolitis in newborn babies due to improper or defective infant formula feeding.
  • Medication and anesthesia errors: Medication errors can occur when a doctor or healthcare provider prescribes a dangerous drug, applies the wrong dosage, or is negligent in monitoring a patient's medication regimen. This can result in serious harm to the patient, or even death. Anesthesia errors can happen when a doctor or nurse administers the wrong amount of anesthesia, causing serious injury or death.
  • Severe Infections: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be common in a hospital or other clinical facility. They can occur when a patient is exposed to any type of bacteria or pathogen, which can cause serious harm or death.

The above is not a complete list — these are just some of the main examples of injuries that a malpractice attorney can handle. If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured on account of medical negligence or malpractice, it is in your best interest to consult with a Lakeland malpractice attorney as soon as you are able. That way, we can fully evaluate your case while the events are still fresh and the evidence to support your claim can be obtained.

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What Does a Lakeland Malpractice Attorney Do for Your Case?

The following are various tasks your Florida malpractice lawyer can accomplish for your case:

  • Investigate the incident and injury: A malpractice lawyer will thoroughly investigate the injury and its surrounding circumstances to determine whether medical malpractice may have occurred. The investigation may include reviewing medical records, interviewing witnesses, and meeting with medical experts.
  • Determine liability: Once your lawyer has gathered all the necessary evidence and documentation, we will determine who is potentially liable for your injuries or medical condition. Liable parties can include doctors, surgeons, nurses, healthcare providers, hospitals, or other medical employees.
  • Calculate costs: Your attorney can review all important files and documents to determine the compensation you are owed for your injuries. This also includes complex factors to calculate such as salary and life expectancy.
  • Negotiate the ideal settlement amount: A skilled malpractice lawyer can successfully negotiate a settlement with the liable parties or any insurance agents on your behalf. A comprehensive settlement may cover medical expenses, lost work wages, pain and suffering costs, and other losses. Many medical malpractice cases are settled out of court, which can save time and resources on the legal process.
  • File a lawsuit: If the other side refuses to settle out of court, your lawyer can pursue litigation against the other parties. However, over 95% of personal injury claims are settled before a verdict is reached in court. While a lawyer can provide advice on which avenue to pursue, the choice to settle or pursue a lawsuit is ultimately up to you.
  • Represent you in court: In the event that litigation does become necessary, a medical malpractice lawyer can provide representation in court. They can formulate a strong trial strategy and argue your case in front of a judge and jury. Trials can take longer, but a jury or judge can often award far higher compensation amounts than most pre-trial settlements.

At Osborne & Francis, our malpractice lawyers can provide crucial legal representation and invaluable guidance throughout the entire legal process. We will fight tirelessly for your rights and help you achieve the highest amount of compensation you are entitled to.

We also understand that holding the proper parties accountable can help prevent future instances of medical malpractice from being repeated.

How do I know if I need to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

E. Holland

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Dennis and the other Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. Everyone on our case did their part by putting all the puzzle pieces together. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response...You are appreciated!

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

J. Davis

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“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer/ firm — everything was done professionally exactly how I wanted. Due to COVID my personal attorney Mr. Garcia was still able to make things work in a timely manner and he never made me feel like he wasn’t working. Overall I’m happy with how my case turned out and I would recommend him and this law firm to anyone. 100% satisfied.”

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Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

T. Andrews

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“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

Erica F.

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"Best personal injury attorney around, I could not be happier! I was seriously injured in a car accident and Osborne and Francis helped me through the entire process. I was blown away by how knowledgeable the staff and attorneys are at this incredible law firm. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to friends and family!"

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Contact Experienced Lakeland Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice in Lakeland or the greater Florida area, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers. We have successfully dealt with the complex nature of these cases and are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the justice they deserve.

Why Hire Our Law Firm

At Osborne & Francis, we have decades of experience in handling medical malpractice claims. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation so you can discuss your legal rights and options with our team. For your convenience, we work on a contingency fee basis - this means you owe nothing unless we win your case.  

Contact us today at (561) 293-2600 to schedule your consultation. Reaching out to us is the first step toward obtaining justice for your injuries and securing the funds you and your family need for a better quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lakeland Medical Malpractice Lawsuit FAQs

How do I know if I need to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

If you have been injured and suffered losses due to medical malpractice, you should consult with an experienced and qualified medical malpractice lawyer immediately. We will evaluate the facts and laws relevant to your case to determine whether you have a valid claim. From there, we can discuss your options for pursuing compensation.

How much does hiring a medical malpractice lawyer cost?

At Osborne & Francis, our legal team operates on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge anything immediately upfront, and we only get paid if we win your lawsuit. We do this because we understand our clients may be going through difficult financial circumstances after a medical malpractice incident. Thus, we invest our own efforts, funds, and resources in advance, with the aim of alleviating your family’s overall financial burden.

Is an expert witness needed for my medical malpractice case?

Yes - the state of Florida requires that you have an expert witness testify regarding your claim in a medical malpractice case. The expert must meet various requirements under Florida Statute §766. For instance, they must be qualified in the same area of medicine as the defendant.

At Osborne & Francis, our firm has access to top verified experts we can work with for your case. These expert witnesses help support our arguments and provide the evidence for negligence the court requires to rule in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

In Florida, generally speaking, the filing deadline (statute of limitations) for medical malpractice lawsuits is 2 years from the date of the injury or the date of the discovery of the injury. You should note that the overall length of a medical malpractice lawsuit can vary depending on many factors. One lawsuit could last a few months, while other cases may take longer to fully resolve.

To begin action on your case, contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 right away. We will do all we can to ensure a timely resolution for you and your family.