What To Do When You Suspect Medical Malpractice
You have gotten sick or feel something is out of the ordinary, so you decide to visit your doctor. While you’re there, something happens that you just don’t feel right about. This uneasy feeling leads you to suspect medical malpractice, and now you’re worried about your health, and you don’t know what steps you should take next.
An unfortunate medical outcome is not always proof of medical malpractice, but in some cases, it can be.
The majority of healthcare providers strive to provide the highest standard of care for all patients; regrettably, some patients end up injured due to poor medical treatment.
Let’s take a look at steps to take when you suspect medical malpractice.
1. Contact the healthcare professionals involved
Firstly you want to contact the medical professional who works with you before you actually file a claim. You want to have an understanding of what may have gone wrong and give your doctor the chance to determine it is something that can be corrected or remedied. It is likely that your medical provider will be willing to perform services to correct a problem or at least provide a solution.
2. Reach out to the relevant medical licensing board
If your health care provider did not help you after contacting them, you might choose to contact the licensing board that governs medical licenses. They may be able to issue warnings to the practitioner and provide you with further guidance.
3. File a claim in time
It is important to find out how much time you have to legally bring the claim when deciding whether to file a medical malpractice claim. There are deadlines called “statutes of limitations” which require you to file a medical malpractice claim within a certain period of time from when the injury occurred. Otherwise, you would be risking waiving your rights to recover money for your injuries. Check the state laws to ensure you don’t wait too long and the period for filing your claim runs out. Typically, you have two years to file a claim after an injury. The time constraints vary when it comes to death cases.
4. Call for a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney
A medical malpractice case is not the kind of legal action you want to deal with on your own. These cases are likely to get very complicated from a legal, procedural, and medical standpoint. The attorney you are seeking is going to require not only a firm understanding of the law but a familiarity with the kinds of hoops a medical malpractice plaintiff needs to jump through to prove their case effectively.
Finding a seasoned and qualified medical malpractice attorney can be a big factor in receiving the compensation deserved for your injuries and walking away empty handed. You want an attorney who is skilled and competent in matters dealing with medical malpractice. An experienced attorney will be able to complete a thorough review of the case details to determine whether your suspicions concerning medical malpractice are actionable.
It is crucial that you trust your attorney. Keep these tips in mind for a productive attorney-client relationship:
- Be honest and open.
- Communicate clearly with details and in a timely manner.
- Keep yourself as involved in the process as your attorney needs you to be.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
Do you suspect medical malpractice? The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm have years of experience handling complex medical malpractice cases. Our attorneys are prepared to answer your questions and advise you on the steps that you can take toward your recovery. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
- Written by Jill Fowler