Medical malpractice is a tragic reality. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 die in the U.S. yearly as a result of hospital or doctor errors. Many more endured serious health complications or injuries.
What makes these cases so distressing is that people trust medical professionals to take care of them. Doctors take an oath to do no harm and people go to a doctor believing the doctor will know what to do. When the opposite happens, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. If you or a family member believe there was injury or illness as a result of medical negligence, you should contact an attorney who has a good back ground in getting medical settlements.
What are some steps or advice in travelling this legal trail? First, find out the time allowed in filing a claim. There is a statute of limitations on some filing, so be sure to learn what it is in your state. Most states are asking for a second opinion so the lawsuit won’t be seen as frivolous. This is called a “certificate of merit” and will be filed for you by your lawyer. If there does not appear to have merit, then consider a settlement. These types of lawsuits are very expensive and will result in higher malpractice insurance for the doctor or the medical facility. Ask your lawyer for advice on whether to consider a settlement.
If you decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, realize that much of what occurs is going to take place behind the scenes. Anticipate this and ask for updates from your lawyer on a regular basis.
Be aware that any monetary compensation from a lawsuit is not going to wipe away the pain you might be undergoing but it will help you to keep up with the extra medical bills incurred while receiving care.
The best way to avoid having to sue a doctor or medical facility is to try to take care of yourself. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you do end up in a hospital, be sure to have an advocate with you. You or the advocate should question whether the personnel is washing hands, what the medications are for, what is the purpose of any invasive tests. Many people are too passive when talking with a doctor or being in the hospital. For example, if you do need a specialist in internal medicine in Cary, check online first. Make sure you have vetted your doctor and check online for the ratings and ranking of hospitals. And if unfortunately, you do need a malpractice attorney, to guide you down this medical and legal path, hopefully this site will be able to give you the direction you need.