Does Florida Have a Medical Malpractice Cap?

Does Florida Have a Medical Malpractice Cap?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 13-Jul-2017

Patients injured by the negligence of a health care professional are able to recover damages through a medical malpractice claim. While many states have strict limits on what you can collect in medical malpractice damages, Florida has no caps when it comes to compensatory damages, which include economic and noneconomic damages, but it does limit punitive damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages refer to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses such as lost wages, medical bills, lost employment or business opportunities and other quantifiable expenses related to the injury.

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages differ from economic damages because they compensate for non-monetary losses, which are not easily quantifiable. Common examples of noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability or disfigurement and loss of companionship or consortium. A jury determines the dollar value for noneconomic damages based on your injury and situation.

Punitive Damages

While compensatory damages have no cap, Florida does limit the amount of punitive damages awarded. Punitive damages are awarded in addition to actual damages in certain circumstances, intended to reform or deter the defendant from conducting medical malpractice similar to what brought the lawsuit. Florida caps punitive damages against a physician in a medical malpractice case at $250,000.

If you or someone you know was harmed as a result of negligence, our experienced Orlando medical malpractice lawyers at The Maher Law Firm can help you pursue legal action in order to seek compensation. We handle cases that involve nursing home abuse, birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and assisted living and home health care abuse and neglect.

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