Filing a medical malpractice suit is a major process. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't do it. If you have been harmed by a medical professional, then you should consider filing a lawsuit against the individual. But it is important to recognize that it will be a process to get everything you need. Here are a couple steps to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
1. Contact The Medical Licensing Board
If you have talked to the doctor or medical professional about the problem and they have failed to make it better, then you should contact the licensing board that they are with. Generally, when you talk to the board, they can put the pressure on the medical professional to take the necessary steps to make it right. If the doctor or medical professional is still unwilling, the board can give you help to know what is the next step.
2. Get A Second Opinion To Prove Malpractice
In order to prove medical negligence or recklessness, you have to be able to prove that the original doctor was wrong. You might need to go to another doctor and have them do a physical or an assessment of your condition. If they would have done the same thing as the original doctor given the circumstances, then you might not have a case. But if they also feel like the treatment was wrong, or that you have a lot of damage from the first doctor's choices, this could really help your case.
Having documentation for other medical professionals is important to your case. You should try to get this documentation before you meet with an attorney.
3. Try To Settle Outside Of Court
Once you have talked to an attorney, you will start putting together a case. At any point, you should try to settle the case outside of court. This is because you will save a lot of money and time if you can get a settlement before court. In addition, it will take a long time before you can actually appear in court. This means that you might not get the medical treatment or the money that you need for months or years.
When you settle, you might have to compromise, but for many people it is still the best decision. By talking to a medical malpractice attorney, like those at R.J. Marzella & Associates, P.C., you can decide what is the best route to take and when to take a settlement deal.