What to Know About Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
What You Need to Know About Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Johns Hopkins University recently released information from a study which showed medical mistakes are prevalent, so much so, they are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, many of these medical errors are entirely preventable. While there is greater public awareness than ever before about medical negligence and mistakes, there are several important things you need to consider before you file a medical malpractice claim.
One of the most important things you can do once you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, is speak with an experienced Tennessee medical malpractice attorney. Speaking with a skilled attorney sooner, rather than later, is in your best interest, as timing is important. Your attorney will carefully review all details and determine if you have a case and give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to move forward. There are numerous misconceptions surrounding the legal field of medical malpractice.
Many people associate medical errors with big mistakes made during surgery, but the majority of medical malpractice suits involve miscommunication, in terms of critical patient information lost during a shift hand-off, patient transfer, or improper medication or dosage. 30% of medical malpractice cases filed in the last five years have miscommunication noted as a factor.
There are several steps you can do in order to increase your chances of success when facing a complex medical malpractice matter:
Do Not Overshare
Never disclose information about your consideration of a medical malpractice case to a medical professional unless you have been encouraged to do so by your attorney. Do not share details of your case on any social media platforms and do not share any statements or photos anywhere online. Even if this is intended to be shared privately, it could end up hurting your claims, so be aware.
Document All Details
Take pictures and obtain comprehensive information regarding your medical records as soon as possible. Having this information can allow your experienced medical malpractice attorney to evaluate the case in full and to determine whether there are loopholes.
Never Sign Anything
When you pick up your medical records, you should never sign away your rights. Do not sign any waivers that request that you give up your right to sue without consulting with your attorney quickly.
Act Quickly by Hiring an Attorney
Do not assume that you can handle this case on your own and you should never wait too long to file a case. This is because each state has a statute of limitations in which you must file your case in order to protect your interests. If you allow this time period to lapse, then you may be barred from ever filing a claim in the future. Instead, do your best to protect yourself by setting up a consultation with a skilled Tennessee medical malpractice attorney now.
Speak to an experienced Murfreesboro medical malpractice attorney at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today and learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation. Call 615-893-1331 or contact us online for a free consultation. Serving Murfreesboro, Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and surrounding areas.