If you’re a victim of medical negligence,you know how troubling your recovery is. You’re probably suffering from physical pain and discomfort. And,there’s also the mental aspect you’re dealing with during the recovery process. Even if you aren’t 100% sure if you’re a “victim” and should file a malpractice claim,you should contact a lawyer to understand your rights and options.
Why Talk to a Lawyer
You’re going through a troubling time. If you are hurt,disfigured,or if you’re suffering from other medical conditions,following medical negligence,a lawyer can guide you. Or,if you’ve lost a family member due to a doctor/surgeon’s negligence,you are probably unsure about how to cope and aren’t sure what to do. Malpractice lawyers will help you and inform you if you have a claim.
What Recovery Are You Entitled To?
If your legal team can prove medical negligence you can sue everyone linked to the malpractice claim. This might include the surgeon,doctor,specialists,the hospital,developers of the medical tools,and anyone else linked to the negligent care you received. Misdiagnosis,improper treatment plan,surgical errors,or gross negligence,are a few of the many claims your legal team will formulate against those who are at fault.
You’re entitled to damages that are a direct result of your injury or loss including
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement (loss of limbs)
- Past,current,and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering/mental anguish
- Lost wages or lost earning capacity
- Help to hire caregivers or assistance to take care of things at home
- Compensation if death occurs (loss of a family member),and the list goes on.
Only by speaking with a malpractice lawyer will you fully understand your rights.
How Quickly Should You Move?
Immediately! The sooner you talk to your lawyer the easier it is to determine if you have a malpractice claim It’s also important to remember the SOL (statute of limitations) differs in each state. So,if you live in Texas it might be 5 years,however,residents in Washington (or any other state) might only have 3 years to file a claim. Your lawyer will inform you of the SOL and will work to compile additional evidence to help you along the way,to ensure your case is filed on time.
If you aren’t sure what to do after poor medical care,treatment,or negligence,you aren’t alone. It’s best to contact a lawyer immediately if you’re a victim of medical negligence,to understand your rights,and to get the process rolling as early as possible.