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3 things you must know about deliberate indifference claims

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Aug 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many incarcerated individuals get crappy medical care and want to make a deliberate indifference claim, hang on a moment and I'll give you the three things that you need to know regarding deliberate indifference claims.

Prisons and jails are required to give medical care, however, crappy medical care is okay if you're looking at a constitutional claim (deliberate indifference to a serious medical need).

Here are the three things you need to know about deliberate indifference claims.

Deliberate indifference claims are constitutional law claims, which flow through the 8th Amendment for folks in the prison system and the 14th Amendment for folks in the jail system.

Deliberate indifference claims are not state law medical malpractice claims. In a medical malpractice claim, the standard is negligence, showing that the healthcare provider deviated from the applicable standard of care. In a deliberate indifference claim, the standard is higher than negligence and comes close to an intentional act. You have to show that you have an objective serious medical need and that the healthcare provider demonstrated subject intent to disregard your problem. Because of the standard in deliberate indifference claims (negligent or crappy medical care is okay). Therefore, a disagreement over the proper medical care, proper medication or clinical judgment is also okay, and will never sustain a deliberate indifference claim.

So if you believe that you are a victim of deliberate indifference, you must be diligent in documenting the ways in which you believe the medical department and individual healthcare providers have failed you. If you cannot document specifics, your claim will fail and will never get to a jury.

If you have any questions about a deliberate indifference to a serious medical need claim, call (352) 267-9168

Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, PA

918 W. Main Street

Phone: 3522679168

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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