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How do I pursue a medical malpractice claim?

Being injured by medical neglect can leave you in a difficult position. You will probably face physical pain and suffering, but you might also face serious financial losses in the form of medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. In order to find a sense of justice and claim compensation for your damages, you may need to consider pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit. We hope that this post will help give you guidance with regard to the steps that should be taken once you decide to pursue this route.

First, it may be wise for you to contact your medical provider prior to filing a legal claim against him or her. By doing so, you may be able to obtain a clearer sense of why you were harmed, which can help strengthen your claim. Additionally, your doctor may be willing to provide free medical services to remedy the situation. You might also want to contact the errant professional's licensing board. Although this won't lead to the recovery of any compensation, it may lead to disciplinary action against the medical professional in question, as well as a warning to future patients.

Once you decide to pursue a legal claim, then you need to start gathering your medical documentation. It may be prudent to have another medical professional assess your case to see if the medical professional in question actually deviated from the acceptable standard of care. If so, then you can meet with your attorney and discuss your options, which may include negotiating an out-of-court settlement or taking the matter to trial.

There are time limits on when you can file a hospital negligence claim, though, so you will want to be sure you are acting promptly and have the assistance you need. To learn more about the medical malpractice lawsuit process, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney who has years of experience handling such claims.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed on Jun. 4, 2017

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