If you or a someone close to you has been injured by the wrongdoing of a doctor or medical professional then you need to contact one of our experienced and aggressive lawyers at Farragut Law Firm PLLC.
Medical malpractice cases are generally sought by patients who have been harmed or injured due to poor medical treatment or mistaken diagnosis from a medical provider such as a doctor, nurse, technician, hospital or medical worker. Typically, the measure of whether a medical provider was “negligent,” or breached the standard of care, turns on whether the patient would have received the same standard of care from another medical provider under similar circumstances.
First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case
The first step is to contact the doctor or medical professional who works with you before you actually file the claim. Your goal is to get an understanding of what may have gone wrong and allow your doctor to determine whether it is something that can be remedied. In most cases, medical providers are willing to perform services (sometimes free of charge) to correct a problem or provide a solution.
Contact the Relevant Medical Licensing Board
If contacting the medical professional does not help the situation, you may wish to contact the licensing board that governs medical licenses. While licensing boards typically cannot order the professional to compensate you, they can issue warnings or discipline to the practitioner and may be able to provide you with guidance about your next steps.
Know How Long You Have to File a Claim
When deciding whether to file a medical malpractice claim it is important to find out how much time you have to legally bring the claim. All civil claims, including medical malpractice cases, have time limits as to when they must be filed. These limits, called “statutes of limitations,” require you to file your claim within a certain time period from when the injury occurred, or risk waiving your rights to recover money for your injuries.
Get a Medical Assessment to Confirm Your Case Has Merit
A growing number of states require patients to file what is commonly known as a “certificate of merit” to determine that the injuries you suffered was the result of negligence on the part of a health care professional. To file a certificate of merit, must first contact an expert, usually another physician, to review your medical records and certify that the original healthcare provider deviated from accepted medical practices, which resulted in your injuries. The attorney that you hire will now file the certificate of merit, which confirms that you spoke with a medical expert and that your action has merit.
Free Initial Claim Review from a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Finding a qualified medical malpractice attorney can mean the difference between receiving compensation for your injuries and walking away empty-handed. An experienced attorney will be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case and advise you on a course of action moving forward.