Many of us look to hospitals and the doctors that they employ to help us when our health is not what it should be. Although we may put our trust in the system, there are going to be times when our trust is misplaced. Unfortunately, the actions or inactions of a doctor can sometimes result in additional harm occurring to the patient and in the worst case scenario, the death of the patient. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of negligence on the part of the doctor, you do have the option of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. What are some of the things that you can expect when this occurs?
First of all, it is important that you get the right type of representation if you are going to be filing a medical malpractice law suit. The laws that govern these issues are going to differ from state to state so it would be to your benefit to hire someone who understands the laws of the state in which the problem occurred. It is even more important to hire the right type of representation if the malpractice resulted in the death of a loved one. There is going to be a lot of paperwork that is involved in this type of lawsuit and the last thing that you want to do is to go through all that paperwork on your own while you are grieving.
It is important for you to be taking detailed notes during your hospital stay, like what happened, which doctor recommended what procedure, what medications were prescribed, how much and how often, etc. This will be your key to winning a law suit if things come to that.
Much of what occurs within a medical malpractice lawsuit is going to take place behind the scenes. Before any type of lawsuit is actually filed, a lot of research is going to be done and the facts are going to be gathered so that it can proceed without a problem. It is important to note, you do have a limited amount of time in which to file this type of lawsuit and if you wait beyond that time, you may not be able to file the claim at all. Be certain that you discuss this with your attorney and know those deadlines from the start.
After all of the information has been compiled, including any medical records, bills and documentation from those with first-hand knowledge and even photographs, then it is possible to move forward with the medical malpractice suit. In many cases, it is going to be settled out of court and you will get a settlement in the form of cash, because the hospital knows it is wrong and does not want the negative publicity. In other cases, it will have to go through the court system which will take some time but with the right representation, you will usually see positive results.