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What if I don’t live in the State of Florida?


In a situation where an injured person does not reside within Florida, you have what is called diversity of citizenship between the plaintiff and defendant medical provider.

It is often the case (under the "Erie Doctrine") in those circumstances that the defendant will opt to remove the case from state court to federal court as the rules of federal court procedure tend to favor defendants. However, while the federal court will apply federal procedural law, it is bound to apply the substantive law of the State where the incident of malpractice occurred.