The Beginning of a Malpractice Lawsuit: The First Steps
When you’re ready to file a medical malpractice claim, you need to know how to start. Your attorney will help you gather the documents and information you need to make sure your claim is taken seriously.
The first thing you have to do is to contact the medical professional involved in the incident you want to claim for. If the doctor or nurse, dentist or other professional is willing to work to correct the issue, then this can be a benefit you don’t want to overlook. You can also talk to the medical professional to find out what happened and why he or she came to the conclusions about your care that he or she did.
If that isn’t helpful in your situation, you can reach out to the medical licensing board responsible for the license of your medical professional. The licensing board can’t make a doctor or other professional compensate you for your injuries, but it can take away a license or issue warnings about the care the medical professional provided.
If that doesn’t help, then it’s time to work with your attorney to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations kicks in. You typically have only a few years to file a claim before you will be unable to claim for your injuries. The time limit is in place to prevent patients from filing claims many years after an injury is discovered.
Your attorney can help you get additional support from local medical doctors and specialists who can talk to the court and testify as to why your treatment didn’t go as planned. With the right help, you can prove that your injuries are a direct result of the medical provider’s failures.