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Common Medical Malpractice Questions and Answers

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Personal injury is not a personal issue. When a person is the victim of a personal injury at the hands of a medical professional, this situation could impact countless other patients. If you think you have suffered an injury due to medical malpractice, you need to know the next steps, actions to avoid, and understand that you are not alone in a medical malpractice case with a strong and determined attorney at your side.

How Do I Know If I Need A Medical Malpractice Attorney?

The first step in understanding whether or not you have a medical malpractice case is to engage with an attorney. A skilled attorney can help you assess your case and outline what your next steps are. If any of the following is true in your potential medical malpractice case, it’s time to contact an attorney.

  • Foreign object left inside a patient after surgery
  • Operation in the wrong spot, or on the wrong patient
  • Failure to tell a patient about significant risks of treatment
  • Failure to diagnose an injury or disease
  • Incorrect application of anesthesia

These are only a few case type examples for medical malpractice. You should always consult an attorney first to gain a full understanding of your legal options.

How Common is Medical Malpractice?

You might be thinking that your case might not warrant legal action, but according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, annual deaths by car accidents are fewer than deaths caused by medical malpractice. Know there are resources and people who can help you navigate your medical malpractice case, so don’t let the fear keep you from gaining the compensation you deserve.

What Shouldn’t I Do About My Medical Malpractice Case?

There are a few things we encourage clients to avoid when it comes to medical malpractice cases. These cases are often delicate and involve expert witnesses and many moving parts.

  • Don’t wait: Medical malpractice cases do have a timeline. Your best opportunity for a strong case means contacting an attorney soon after you experience medical malpractice.
  • Don’t expect a quick case: Medical malpractice cases often take time and patience. To work toward the most positive outcome, the case will need expert testimony, expert opinions, and more before a decision can be reached.
  • Don’t talk to your medical professional: It might seem like the first logical step, but if you suspect you have a medical malpractice case, cease appointments with your doctor or medical professional and contact an attorney.

Of course, it is important to note this is not a comprehensive list. Your attorney will help outline appropriate next steps and actions to avoid in your specific case.

What Should I Do Next For My Medical Malpractice Case?

These are only a few of the first steps to take in a medical malpractice case. If you think you have a case, contact a team of dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys. Our team of attorneys at BOC Lawyers will help you each and every step of the way. We are trial-tested attorneys comfortable in the courtroom and comfortable fighting for positive outcomes in medical malpractice cases. If you need a team of attorneys you can trust with your medical malpractice case, contact our team for assistance.