Victims of medical malpractice and their families may wonder what to do after suffering medical malpractice. It is important for them to understand the steps to take and the legal protections available to them.
When a victim has suffered harm or an injury as a result of medical care or treatment they received or because of a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failed diagnosis, it is important they are familiar with he ways they are protected through a medical malpractice claim for damages. It can be helpful, in some instances, for the victim to contact the doctor or medical care professional. It can also be beneficial for the victim to contact the local medical licensing board.
In addition, medical malpractice claims commonly have time limits associated with them. Victims should be familiar with the statute of limitations because if they do not file their claim in a timely manner, they may be forever barred from pursuing it. It is also important for the victim to maintain medical records and the records of their damages. As is true of any litigation process, it can include negotiation or possible settlement all of which the victim should be prepared for.
If a medical care provider has provided negligent medical care that falls below the standard of care as defined by what another medical care professional would do in similar circumstances, they may be liable for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered by the victim. Victims who have been harmed by medical malpractice should be familiar with how they can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering when the medical care they expected to receive caused them harm.