While most health care providers aim to give the highest standard of care, there are times when things go terribly wrong
About Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical Malpractice claims hold doctors and hospitals accountable for diagnosis errors, surgical mistakes and negligent patient care. There is a recognized “standard of care” in the treatment of patients, and negligence is generally seen as a deviation from that.
What is “standard of care”? It’s what a reasonably prudent medical provider would have or would not have done in a similar circumstance.
What you need to know
If you or a loved one have experienced negligent care, the first step is to contact the medical professional who works with you before you actually file a malpractice claim. Get an understanding of what went wrong and unless trust is already irrevocably lost, give them a chance to fix it. Many medical providers are willing to perform services (sometimes free of charge) to make things right.
If this step doesn’t help, consider contacting the medical licensing board. They can’t necessarily order the professional to compensate you, but they can issue warnings or take disciplinary action. They may also be able to provide guidance about what to do next.
Be aware that there are statutes of limitation—deadlines by which a malpractice lawsuit must be filed. If these other steps aren’t resolving your concerns speedily, then do contact an experienced malpractice attorney. They’ll help you review the case details, including securing medical records and interviewing involved parties, and can quickly determine whether you have a case.