Injured in malpractice? Learn what steps to take

Most doctors and nurses are dedicated professionals who only want to improve their patients’ lives. But there are instances when the care that they render falls short of the acceptable standard of care.

If you are facing a potential malpractice case from the lingering effects of negligent medical treatment, you should realize that there are legal options available to you. However, time is of the essence in these type of cases.

Your first step should not be to instigate legal action. You should first contact the medical professional to see whether or not the issue can be resolved. Perhaps there was miscommunication involved. But even when a mistake is made, providers are quite often willing to attempt a correction without further charge to their patient.

If that attempt does not bring resolution to the matter, your next step can be addressing the matter to the state licensing board. They do not have authority to order compensation, but it is within their power to discipline their providers and offer patients a modicum of guidance about their options.

The statute of limitations is ticking however, and patients have to abide by strict time rules in order to be able to successfully bring action against the health care professional that worsened or caused their deteriorated health condition.

This can be a cumbersome process fraught with technicalities. As the case proceeds, medical experts will be needed to offer their testimony in the matter in order for plaintiffs to stand a chance at prevailing. It can certainly be more than the average consumer is able to achieve on his or her own, especially when hampered by health problems.

This is why many patients decide to turn their malpractice claims over to a Florida attorney. Often the attorney agrees to take the cases on a contingency basis, so there will be no out of pocket expenses for the plaintiff.

Source: Findlaw, “First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case,” accessed Dec. 16, 2015