What is the Notice Requirement on a Medical Malpractice Case in Florida?

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The Florida legislature has done a lot of things to try and minimize medical malpractice claims. We have a shortened statute of limitations, the period of time that the claim can be brought. It is shorter than other accident cases, like a car accident case.

In addition, Florida has enacted a very specific notice requirement. An attorney representing someone in a medical malpractice case needs to give the doctor, the hospital or the clinic a worded notice supported by an affidavit from a qualified expert that there is a good faith basis to bring the claim. This is a two step process. The notice has to be done timely and the lawsuit must be filed within the time limited by Florida's statute of limitations. This is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. It's extremely important not to wait.

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Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.