William E. Hahn, P.A. is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who focuses his practice in medical malpractice cases, representing injured persons throughout the west coast of Florida, from Tampa to Naples. Mr. Hahn is an expert in both civil jury trials and medical malpractice trials; he lectures and writes articles on both topics and wrote the chapter on "Trial of Medical Malpractice Case" in the Florida Bar's publication, Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook.
Medical Malpractice Claims
A medical malpractice claim is a legal action brought against a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare provider for injuries or death caused by negligent treatment or care. Doctors have a duty to provide treatment with the professional standard of care in their community, and when they fail to do so they may be liable to injured persons or their families. Mr. Hahn is experienced in representing clients in medical malpractice claims arising out of a wide range of medical mistakes, including:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of medical condition
- Improper or inadequate treatment of a medical condition
- Surgical errors
- Operating on the wrong body party
- Leaving foreign objects or instruments in a patient after surgery
- Errors in administering anesthesia
- Failure to inform a patient of the risks of treatment
- Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dose of medication
- Delivery mistakes causing birth trauma
It is particularly important in the medical malpractice context to hire a lawyer who is experienced in handling this type of case. Florida has numerous specific laws governing this type of claim, such as a law requiring that a person bringing a medical malpractice claim file an expert medical opinion with his or her initial court documents to show that there are reasonable grounds for the malpractice claim. Mr. Hahn has a deep understanding of these and other specific legal and evidentiary issues that arise in the medical malpractice context, as well as a thorough understanding of the underlying medical issues. He is also experienced in working with medical experts, cross-examining defense experts, and conducting the necessary factual case investigation to discover critical evidence.
Statute of Limitations
Florida has a strict statute of limitations limiting the amount of time an injured patient has to bring a medical malpractice claim. A claim for medical malpractice must generally be brought within 2 years from the time of the incident giving rise to the injury or 2 years from the time the injury is discovered, but under most circumstances, a claim for medical malpractice cannot be brought more than 4 years from the date of the incident which caused the injury.
If you think you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to contact experienced legal counsel right away so that you do not miss your chance to have your day in court. Contact William E. Hahn now to find out how he can help you.