Skillfully Navigating the Difficult Waters of Medical Malpractice Law
Maney | Gordon
Spend a few minutes talking with
Jeffrey “Jack” Gordon about his practice, and you’re bound to hear terms like hematoma, or hydrocephalus, or oxygen saturation rate, or standard of care. You may learn something about anatomy or physiology or hear a detailed description of spinal surgery. You might even be tempted to ask him for a medical opinion.
But Gordon is not a physician. The managing partner of Maney | Gordon is a highly respected medical malpractice trial attorney who has accumulated a wealth of medical knowledge over the past 24 years.
“You need to express the science in a way that can be felt and understood, without getting lost in technical language. To do that effectively,” he says, “you must become immersed in the science.” Some weeks, Gordon may spend more time at the medical school library and attending physician lectures than he spends in court.
Expertise and Resources
The majority of cases that Gordon prosecutes have been referred to him by other lawyers.
“Medical cases take you to difficult, deep and dangerous waters due to the complexity of the legal system. And the currents flow in favor of the doctor or hospital,” he says. “Medical entities are sophisticated defendants who have spent significant monies lobbying state legislatures and Congress to pass laws favorable to them.”
Florida, for example, imposes a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice, as compared to four years for simple negligence. And before a suit can be filed, the claim must undergo a lengthy and expensive screening process. Additionally, prior to rendering care, many physicians require patients to waive their right to a jury trial should a claim arise. Then the medical malpractice victim is subject to legislative limits or “caps” on the amount of damages recoverable.
“Medical malpractice cases are exceptionally expensive and complex,” Gordon says. “A two-week trial with the best expert witnesses and exhibits can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Accordingly, we equip our entire legal team with expertise and resources.”
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