Medical errors kill more than 250,000 people every year, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University. Thousands more patients suffer injuries or illnesses due to medical mistakes.
According to Forbes, medical malpractice in the United States costs approximately $55.6 billion per year. If you, your child or a family member was injured by a health-care worker’s negligence, then you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
However, making a successful claim is a legally complicated process. You will need evidence to prove negligence, liability and damages. This usually requires expert testimonies from medical specialists and economists, an independent medical examination, doctors’ records and other evidence.
If you were a victim of medical malpractice, then take these five steps to protect your interests:
- Meet with your doctor;
- Learn about the claims process;
- Consult a personal-injury attorney;
- Undergo an independent medical examination;
- And calculate the damages.
If the incident happened in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette personal-injury attorney will help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income and noneconomic damages.
Our firm has more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 law professionals. We will use our knowledge, resources and courtroom experience to represent your interests. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five important steps to take as the victim of medical malpractice:
- Meet with your doctor.
You should discuss the situation with your doctor as soon as you discover a problem. If the issue is minor, then your doctor may be willing to provide free treatment.
- Learn about the claims process.
As the National Institutes of Health explains, medical malpractice is a complex field of personal-injury law. Just because your treatment was unsuccessful does not necessarily mean that you were the victim of medical malpractice. Proving liability, negligence and damages is complicated, which is why you should discuss your case with a personal-injury attorney as soon as you suspect a problem.
- Consult a personal-injury attorney.
A personal-injury attorney can compile evidence, talk to witnesses and arrange expert testimonies. Your lawyer can also help you arrange an independent medical examination and avoid mistakes such as overlooking certain damages or accepting a low settlement.
- Undergo an independent medical examination.
An IME will provide insight into the cause and extent of your injuries. Your attorney may use the results of the IME to prove negligence and damages.
- Calculate the damages.
Your personal-injury lawyer can quantify the damages on your behalf. This can be complicated if your injuries caused a permanent disability, or if your family member died due to medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent health-care worker in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette personal-injury lawyer will aggressively represent your interests.
Our firm has been protecting the rights of the injured for more than 30 years. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.