When you go to the doctor, you have the expectation to receive adequate treatment for whatever ails you. Unfortunately, things happen that may or may not have been in the doctor's control, which resulted in a major injury. Some instances can even cause the loss of life. When a doctor or medical professional makes an error, purposely or not, he or she can be sued for medical malpractice. Here are some things you should know.
How Can You Prove Medical Malpractice?
If you want to recoup your damages and receive compensation for your injuries due to a doctor's negligence, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, you need to have adequate proof that the injury you incurred happened as a result of the doctor's negligence.
To prove a case of malpractice happened, you need to establish some proof. This includes that you have an established relationship with the provider and that the provider acted negligently and in a way that caused your injury.
You also have to show that your experience and injuries have caused you damages. Your damages can include pain, extra medical costs, lost wages, and mental or emotional anguish. If you can prove all of these factors, you could have a good case of malpractice.
What About the Statute of Limitations?
Every state has a set statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases. This means you have a certain amount of time in which you can file a lawsuit for your medical injuries. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you will not be able to receive compensation for your injuries but for some very limited circumstances.
How Do You Start the Process of a Malpractice Lawsuit?
Your attorney will send the notice of claim to the medical provider who caused your injuries. This is an essential step and you cannot move forward with your case if you have not done so. After you file the notice of claim, you will typically have to wait out a period of time before filing your lawsuit. The notice of claim is different in each state, so you need to discuss this with your attorney.
Doctors and medical providers must provide a standard of care and not act negligently when it comes to providing care. If you can prove your provider was medically negligent, you stand a good chance of a successful outcome. However, malpractice cases are often an uphill battle, so be sure to work with a medical malpractice law firm throughout the process.