If you have been injured or mistreated by a medical professional you might be wondering what you can do to get restitution for your pain and suffering. In some cases you might have to file a full-blown lawsuit, in other cases you might be able to manage the problem on your own. Here are some things that you need to know about filing medical malpractice claims.
1. Talk To Your Doctor First
One of the first steps when you are not pleased with your care is to talk to the doctor or clinic where you received treatment. Let them know that you are unhappy and that you are experiencing additional problems or injuries because of the treatment. They should be made aware and they should have the option to make it right without a lawsuit. In some cases the doctor will just offer to cover the expenses related to the injury. This is their way of showing good will and doing their best to make it right. So long as the number is reasonable for the injuries sustained, there isn't any reason you shouldn't take the payment.
However, if the doctor or clinic is unwilling to acknowledge the problem or is failing to pay the right amount, you should move onto the next step.
2. Get An Attorney To Assess The Damages
Next, you can talk to an attorney, such as from Radano & Lide, about the problem and they can help you know how much you should be asking for. Just because you were injured doesn't mean that you are entitled to an outrageous amount of money. The amount that you get in restitution should be reasonable to the injuries. Having an attorney tell you how much the claim is worth can be very helpful to know what you should accept in a payout.
3. Pursue A Lawsuit
If after trying to resolve the problem the doctor or clinic is still unwilling to work with you, you might need to go all the way to a lawsuit. This can only be done with a skilled attorney and they can help you know the next steps.
In order to file a lawsuit your case will have to meet certain criteria. So long as that criteria looks good, like the doctor was negligent, didn't follow protocol, there are provable injuries and so forth, you should be able to move forward with the lawsuit.
By understanding these steps you can know when it is time to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.Share