5 Things You MUST Know About Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare provider’s care is negligent and does not conform to the standard, accepted practice of the medical profession in the community and causes a patient’s injury or death. Medical malpractice cases are often expensive to bring to court and incredibly time consuming.

 

  1. Talk to an Attorney – If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice consult with an attorney right away. Never agree to a settlement before speaking with an attorney. Insurance companies have attorneys working for them; you need an attorney fighting for you.
  2. Statutes of Limitation – Statutes of limitation are laws requiring an injured party to file a lawsuit within a certain time frame or forever lose the right to sue. Nearly all claims are subject to a statute of limitation and some may be as short as one year or even less.
  3. The True Cost – It can take time to fully realize the cost of medical malpractice. Medical bills add up quickly, but you must also consider lost wages and other less obvious costs. Save all documentation pertaining to your treatment, recovery and lost wages.
  4. Documentation and Expert Opinions – The majority of medical malpractice claims end without compensation for the injured party. Injuries and damages must be well documented. An attorney examining a potential case will also want to have the records reviewed by an expert in the medical field in question.
  5. Advocate – The best way to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice is by advocating for yourself and your loved ones. Ask questions, make sure you fully understand the care your health care providers administer and demand a second opinion whenever necessary. Have someone you trust with you for doctor’s appointments, outpatient surgery and during hospitalization.