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What to do (and what not to do) before you contact a Port St. Lucie medical malpractice attorney

November 18, 2013

Medical malpractice takes place when a patient is harmed by a medical professional who fails to competently execute their medical duties. Medical malpractice attorneys are experienced in helping their clients receive justice and can help to weigh the merits of your case. The actual rules regarding medical malpractice – from when you must bring a lawsuit – to if the doctor should be notified ahead of time – will vary from one state to another.

When trying to determine whether you have a case for medical malpractice or not, you will need to be able to show that a few things existed:

  • Illustrate that a doctor-patient relationship existed;
  • The doctor was negligent;
  • The doctor’s negligence caused the injury and
  • The injury led to specific damages.

There are various types of medical malpractice claims with which a medical malpractice attorneywill be able to assist you. These include:

  • Failure to diagnose;
  • Improper treatment and
  • Failure to warn a patient of known risks.

What not to do before contacting a medical malpractice attorney 

Suffering from the effects of medical malpractice can be traumatizing, but in order to get the compensation due to you there are a few things you shouldn’t do:

  • Don’t wait long, as medical malpractice cases need to be brought soon after injury according to the law in most states.
  • Don’t let the statute of limitations run out on your lawsuit

Many states will require that you submit your claim to a malpractice review panel who will hear arguments and review testimony and relevant evidence. This will help them to decide whether malpractice did occur.

If you are in need of a medical malpractice attorney in Port St. Luciecontact GloriaLaw today.