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FAQ: How do I know if I have a medical malpractice case?

March 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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Receiving an injury from a medical professional is a shock. They are supposed to be the people making you better – not worse.

When you are injured by a doctor, nurse, or another medical professional, you deserve to have your life put back together. That may mean bringing a medical malpractice claim against the medical professional who caused your injury.

How do I know if I have a case?

You can get this answer by speaking with a law firm. They will review the facts of your case at no charge to you.

Some cases are clear. Some are not. But even if your case isn’t clear, that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful.

How do I prepare for a meeting with a medical malpractice lawyer?

Documentation is the key. Bring with you everything you have, even if you think it’s not relevant. Let us review everything so we can have the full picture and we’ll decide what’s relevant and what’s not.

Also, come prepared to answer your lawyer’s questions. In addition to reviewing all of your medical records and other documentation, they’ll want to have a conversation with you about your experience. They want to know what you were told, when things happened, and when you realized something wasn’t right. But don’t be afraid. It’s just a casual conversation where we gather information.

What are the steps for a medical malpractice claim?

While every medical malpractice case is different, they each follow similar steps:

  • Notice – When you file a medical malpractice claim, you are required to notify the other party. This process is as simple as providing them a copy of the lawsuit.
  • Discovery – This process is more complicated and can take some time. The discovery stage of a medical malpractice claim is where we gather the evidence. This can include taking depositions of the doctors and other medical professionals involved in your injury.
  • Mediation – Mediation is when both sides sit down and try to compromise with the help of an outside party, the mediator. Many times, your case can be settled at this stage. If we have a mountain of evidence clearly showing negligence of the other party, they are usually more willing to settle.
  • Trial – If every step prior to this goes through without a settlement, we will take your case to trial. While we want to do everything we can to settle before trial to save you the time and stress, we are fully prepared to fight for you at trial.

At any point during this process, we may be able to settle your claim. This can help you get the money you need to get better faster. It can also save you the stress of going to trial. But your lawyer won’t settle your claim for less than what we think it’s worth.

How long will this take?

The length of time it takes to resolve your medical malpractice claim depends on many different factors. Some cases can settle within a few weeks or months. Other cases can go to trial and take years. The majority of cases are resolved before they get to trial.

Contact a Law Firm today

A law firm helps clients just like you and they trust a medical malpractice lawyer Fort Lauderdale, FL offers to get them results.

Thanks to Needle & Ellenberg, P.A. for their insight into medical malpractice and how to know if you have a case.

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