The First Steps of Your Medical Malpractice Case
Collectively, there is a lot of faith placed in the medical industry, and yet medical mistakes happen all the time. Medical malpractice lawsuits paid out $3.6 billion in 2013, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)reports that about 225,000 people die each year from medical malpractice.
If a medical professional made a mistake resulting in injuries to you or someone you know, it is important to let that be known, both in order for you to get proper compensation, and also because you wouldn’t want the same thing to happen to another patient. So, make sure to contact a medical malpractice attorney and follow these steps in order to properly deal with medical negligence:
Contact the Medical Professional
Try to gain an understanding of exactly what happened before you actually file a claim, and try to find out if there is any way the problem can be remedied. Most medical professionals are willing to perform services to correct a problem, and often free of charge, particularly if they were at fault.
Contact the Medical Licensing Board
Licensing boards cannot necessarily order a medical professional to compensate you, but they can issue warnings or disciplinary actions to the practitioner, and also may provide you with guidance about your next steps when it comes to the case.
Familiarize Yourself With the Statues of Limitations
All civil claims have time limits dictating when you can file them, usually counting from the time that the injury was sustained. Check the laws in your state to make sure that the time period hasn’t, or won’t run out soon.
Get a Medical Assessment
In order to proceed with your claim, you will need a “certificate of merit” to verify that the injuries you suffered were indeed the result of negligence on the part of a health care professional.
And, last but not least…
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
They will file your certificate of merit and help you proceed, so that you get the compensation that you deserve.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice does happen — almost half of all birth injuries are potentially avoidable by identification and planning for obstetrical risk factors. You can chance this by seeking justice and compensation for medical mishandling.