This week, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration began posting reports online to allow Floridians to evaluate the services and conditions available at some 32,000 hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, surgery centers, dialysis units, and other health care centers. The reports will contain information about complaints, and findings related to medical errors, procedural errors, unsanitary conditions, and other violations. All reports written after June 1, 2008 will be published online.
The reports should be helpful in a state that is considered the nation’s capital for many doctors that lack medical malpractice insurance. While Florida requires podiatrists, chiropractors, midwives, optometrists, nurses, and acupuncturists to carry insurance, doctors can forego insurance if they promise to pay up to $250,000 per medical malpractice award (with a $750,000 per year maximum).
In 2003, Florida lawmakers limited pain and suffering awards to half a million dollars for personal injury lawsuits or $1 million dollars for wrongful death cases. They did not place a limit on payments for medical costs.
In Florida, the best way to increase your chances of obtaining medical malpractice compensation is to retain the services of an experienced medical malpractice law firm.
Our South Florida injury lawyers are experienced in dealing with all kinds of injury and wrongful death cases involving medical malpractice. We know how to successfully pursue a claim against a doctor, a hospital, a nursing home, a surgeon, or another health care provider.
We know how devastating it can be to seek medical attention and end up injured as a result. Health care providers are required to provide a certain level of care. Failure to provide that care can be grounds for a Florida medical malpractice lawsuit if someone gets hurt or dies.
Inspection reports of health facilities now available online, Sun-Sentinel.com, August 13, 2008
Uninsured doctors on the rise in South Florida, Sun-Sentinel.com, July 27, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Agency for Health Care Administration Public Record Search, MyFlorida.com
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