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Initial steps to take following medical malpractice

Going to the doctor, even for a routine visit, is not always easy. What if the doctor says you need to change your habits? What if you need to get blood tests? What if you need a shot? While there are some uneasy thoughts, they are relatively minor when compared to those going through the mind of a patient admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure or medical treatment. Here, the medical care is more extensive, raising the duty of care by the medical professionals treating a patient. And when a doctor, surgeon, nurse or medical staff member in Newark fails to uphold their duty of care, this could result in serious harm to the patient's health, well-being and life.

Being a victim of medical malpractice can be a shocking event. No one expects that a trained medical professional will act negligently. Unfortunately, doctors and surgeons are human, making them prone to human errors. Therefore, when medical mistakes occur, patients should understand what legal recourses are available to them.

If you decide to pursue a medical malpractice case, it is important to understand how these lawsuits are initiated. Prior to filing the claim, a patient should get in contact with the medical professional. The goal of this communication is to obtain a better understanding regarding what went wrong and if it can be remedied in another way. In some cases, a medical professional might be willing to perform services free of charge to correct the problem or to provide a solution.

The next step is to contact any relevant medical licensing boards. While a licensing board cannot order your doctor to compensate you, it is possible for them to issue a warning or even discipline the practitioner. Additionally, they might be able to provide a patient with some guidance about his or her situation.

When it is clear that it is still in your best interests to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is important to understand how long you have to file the action. It will take time to collect all necessary evidence and medical records; thus, it is likely you will need legal guidance.

Being a victim of medical malpractice can be a devastating and traumatic experience. Therefore, taking action to protect your rights is often in your best interests. This could hold a negligent doctor accountable, assisting with the recovery of compensation as well.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed Aug. 27, 2017

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