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Your Medical Malpractice Claim: 3 Factors to Consider Before Filing

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When you have an important medical procedure, you want to trust that your doctor will use their knowledge, experience, and skills to carefully perform the procedure correctly. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. And this is where filing a medical malpractice claim comes into play. The most common basis for a claim is surgery errors in inpatient incidents, which account for about 34% of medical malpractice cases. And for outpatient incidents, 46% of claims are due to errors in diagnosis.

So, if your doctor made a mistake that had dire consequences, you may have a case for a medical malpractice claim. But before you file, however, let’s look at a few factors you should consider first.

Evidence Strength

First things first, you need to ensure you have sufficient evidence for a case. You need to explore important considerations, like whether your doctor lived up to their duty of care or if there was a breach of duty. Complications from a procedure aren’t enough evidence for a medical malpractice claim. Your lawyer will have to look at your medical records and speak to medical professionals to determine the strength of your evidence.

Attorney’s Experience

It is critical to have an experienced, knowledgeable attorney by your side. Medical malpractice claims can be extremely complex, and proving fault can be difficult. You will want to work with a lawyer that not only has knowledge of the law, but also has experience with medical malpractice claims. Previous success with similar claims is a good indicator that they will able to help you with your claim.

Important Deadlines

The medical malpractice claim process is complicated, and there are a lot of important deadlines that need to be met. This is especially true because when it comes to proving fault for complications or injuries, time is of the essence. So, if you suffered an injury or complication due to your doctor’s negligence, it’s important to act fast and speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Filing a medical malpractice claim must be done correctly and in a timely fashion. If you think you have a medical malpractice case, call the Steigmann Law team today. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to help build you a strong case.