You rely on your doctor to give you dependable advice about your health and well-being. However, not all medical professionals are able to provide their patients with exceptional care. When a doctor fails to do his or her job and puts the patient’s health and well-being in danger, medical malpractice occurs. If you are a victim of such unfortunate situation, you should consult your trusted attorneys for help and legal advice right away. And make sure you don’t miss any legal deadlines!
Statute of Limitations
Medical malpractice cases have deadlines like any other personal injury situations. These deadlines are also referred to as statute of limitations. As a victim of this case, it is important that you are mindful of the deadline because some malpractices are no longer noticeable after a few years that the ‘error’ is done by the doctor. If you file your case later than 2 years, then you may lose the legal right to pursue the proper compensation for the damages that you incurred.
There are various cases of medical malpractice and each of them can be discovered differently too. For example, if the doctor operates on the wrong body part then that can be discovered immediately as incisions are readily visible. Unfortunately, there are some medical errors that take longer to discover. When a doctor accidentally leaves a tool inside your body, you may feel the consequences after a few weeks or months.
You may try to treat the discomfort with over-the-counter medicines because you are unaware of the real problem. But the pain will persist until you get a diagnostic imaging test and find out the real reason that’s causing your discomfort. Keep in mind that you should get in touch with your lawyer right away upon discovery. He or she will help you pursue a claim before the statute of limitations is over.
Responsibilities of your Attorney
Your personal injury lawyer will listen to your case to get all the details and advise you of whether you have a malpractice case or not. Although attorneys have different styles, they usually start with obtaining your medical records. They will need all the nitty gritty on your case so that they can establish a strong defense for you. Some firms even go further in helping their clients look for a reliable doctor that can fix the medical problem. They can do all the legal work to find a trustworthy medical professional in your area.