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Initial steps after a medical malpractice event

Nobody wants to hear that his or her medical professional made a mistake that led to greater injury or illness. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is common throughout the United States.

If a person feels that he or she was the victim of medical malpractice, there are steps that should be taken without delay. Some of the most basic steps are as follows:

-- Contact the medical professional to discuss what has gone wrong and to give the person the chance to fix the problem. It is typical for a medical provider to provide a service, often free of charge, in an attempt to remedy the problem.

-- Get in touch with the appropriate medical licensing board. If the medical professional does not offer a solution, you may want to contact the medical licensing board as a means of escalating the complaint.

-- Obtain a medical assessment. The primary reason for doing this is to ensure that your claim has merit.

-- Consider the benefits of settling out of court. Before heading to court to dual it out with the medical provider, you may with to settle out of court. This will save both parties time and money.

A medical malpractice event can be life-changing, as it often puts the victim in a worse position on many levels, including his or her health and finances. When people are in this position, they can follow along with the basic steps above to ensure that they are making progress. For some, getting the help of a medical malpractice attorney early in the process allows them to feel better about moving forward.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case" Oct. 08, 2014

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