You were injured in some way by a medical professional. You are certain that you have a medical malpractice case. Hold on. Before you start to think about all that you will do with your lawsuit winnings, there are some things that you need to know about medical malpractice. Proving a successful case is not as easy as you may think.
- What is Medical Malpractice?
A healthcare provider must deviate from the currently accepted standard of care to be considered guilty of medical malpractice. In other words, they must be proven negligent.
- How to Determine if You are a Victim
To be considered a victim of malpractice, you must have suffered some type of damage or injury.
- Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In general, the sooner you are able to contact an attorney and discuss the details, the better. In New York, the statute of limitations in 2 1/2 years.
- Reducing Your Chances of Medical Malpractice
The best step to reducing your chances of being a victim of medical malpractice is to be proactive about your medical care. Understand your health condition or injury, and ask any questions that you have. Expect your medical team to keep you fully informed every step of the way. Do not be intimidated.
- Why Patients Don’t Explore Their Options
There is a sort of stigma attached to those people who choose to sue others, no matter the reason. Some people choose to forego filing a medical malpractice claim for this reason. Others are afraid that a doctor will refuse to treat them in the future. Others are afraid of the expense that such a case can cause.
- Contingency Fees
In most cases, an attorney will not accept your case if they are not sure that they can be successful. They will charge you on a contingency basis. That is, they are only paid if they win your case, and their earnings will be paid out of your settlement.
If you believe that you have been injured by a medical professional, call our offices today. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case and advise you how to best proceed. Reach out to us now or browse our website for more information about how we can help you.