When a doctor is negligent, it can cause extremely serious consequences for their patient. If you have encountered a physician that has been negligent in administering care, the only option for pursuing justice may for you to file a medical-malpractice lawsuit. To help you be as prepared as possible for this type of lawsuit, you should be mindful of several important factors.
An Incorrect Diagnosis Does Not Always Mean a Malpractice Case Is Possible
In order to treat your condition, your physician must first accurately diagnose the problem. Unfortunately, diagnosing patients is an extremely complicated task, and it can involve a chance of error. Due to the fact that this is an unavoidable complication for medical science, it is typically difficult to sue over an incorrect diagnosis, but it is still possible. It will be necessary to prove that the doctor was negligent in their efforts to diagnose your condition. This will require the need to have medical experts testify as to the reason why your condition should have been successfully diagnosed.
Your Lawyer Will Likely Wait to File the Lawsuit Until Your Treatment Is Finished
You may want to start the process of suing your doctor as soon as possible, but if you are still undergoing treatment to correct the problems caused by the malpractice, your lawyer may want to delay filing the initial lawsuit. This is done so that the full scope of the damages you suffered can be known, as this will need to be listed in the initial filing.
A Time-Consuming and Contentious Trial May Not Always Be Required
You may have concerns about going through a contentious trial, so you should know that many medical-malpractice cases will settle before this step in the process. This is due to the fact that the insurance companies will often want to settle rather than risk high-value awards from juries. However, there is no guarantee that the insurance company will be willing to settle for a fair amount. Rather, this will be determined by the strength of the evidence and the damages suffered.
There Is a Time Limit for When You Can File a Malpractice Lawsuit
You must also be aware that there are legal time limits in place that determine the amount of time that can pass before a medical-malpractice claim is no longer valid. For this reason, you should make it a point to schedule an appointment with an attorney as soon as possible so that you reduce the risk of missing this deadline.
For more information, talk to a medical-malpractice attorney in your area.