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Florida Supreme Court Cracks Down on Defendant Physicians

If you have been the victim of medical malpractice by an attending physician and are searching for a Pensacola personal injury lawyer, recent developments in the Florida Supreme Court should substantially aid your case and recovery. It is always important to stay aware of pro-plaintiff rulings at the highest level within the state as just few weeks ago, on July 10, 2014, there was a significant win for plaintiffs statewide.

All Pensacola personal injury lawyers should now be familiar with the ruling in Ruby Saunders, etc., et al. v. Willis Dickens, M.D. Without delving too far into the facts of this case, the main takeaway is this: where defendant physicians had previously been able to insulate themselves from liability with “testimony that a subsequent treating physician would not have treated the plaintiff differently had the defendant physician acted within the applicable standard of care,” this is now completely irrelevant. In fact, it is inadmissible and cannot, by law, be used to relieve a defendant physician of liability he or she incurred as a result of his or her own negligence.

What This Ruling Means to Medical Malpractice Victims

This is a huge win for Pensacola personal injury lawyers serving as advocates for clients who are suffering as a result of medical malpractice. With regard to causation, the burden of proof that the plaintiff and plaintiff’s lawyer must bear is now simply to show that “adequate care by the physician more likely than not would have avoided the plaintiff’s injury.”’ Obviously, this is much more straightforward. This decision also serves the higher goal of courts: repairing injuries that have been done to innocent citizens of the state of Florida who have been the victim of a doctor’s lack of care, expertise, or professionalism.

Joe Zarzaur of Zarzaur Law is one of the few Pensacola personal injury lawyers who is board certified in civil trial, and he has an established track record of winning his clients verdicts in medical malpractice cases. Joe understands exactly what each medical professional’s “applicable standard of care” is, and he will hold them accountable if you suffer injury because they did not meet those standards. Joe is a zealous advocate for victims of medical malpractice, and will fight for their right to be justly compensated. To begin your road to financial recovery, and to find out more about Joe, please feel free to contact the firm at 855-HIREJOE, or by requesting a free case review through our website.