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Medical Malpractice and Negligence

Medical Malpractice and negligence is killing 225,000 people every year in the United States. From surgical mistakes, to birth injuries, to medication errors and beyond, medical malpractice has become the third largest killer in the nation, trumped only by cancer and heart disease. Millions more who do not die from the medical negligence they experience are injured - sometimes permanently.

Are you one of the millions of patients suffering from an injury or a loss as a result of a physician's mistake? Have you done anything about it? A medical malpractice lawyer can help you and your family cope with a malpractice injury. The right attorney will review your case and provide you with a free consultation to discuss the details of your potential lawsuit and fill you in on your rights.

LegalView is sponsored by a network of personal injury law firms across the United States. This website has been created to provide you with information and education on medical malpractice: what it is, how it happens, who is liable, and how you can recover compensation for medical negligence that has affected your life. As you read the content and learn more about this form of negligence, if you feel that you need to speak to a lawyer feel free to submit your information on the contact form provided. LegalView will provide your information to a qualified medical malpractice attorney in your area.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers unnecessary injury or death as a result of a negligent or incompetent action by a medical professional. A simple mistake by a health care professional is not enough to warrant the malpractice label. Some examples of actions, or failure to act, that constitute medical malpractice include: failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosis of, a disease; failure to provide medically appropriate treatment for a disease; unreasonable delay in treating a diagnosed disease; surgical error; incorrectly prescription of medication; and failure to obtain a patient's informed consent to a medical procedure.

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Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

When Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

If you are at all uncertain about where to start, how to file a claim, and especially how to prove your claim, you should consult with a medical malpractice lawyer. When it comes to complex litigation like medical malpractice claims, a competent lawyer is always your greatest asset. A medical malpractice lawsuit requires an in-depth understanding of the laws and interpretations surrounding medical malpractice. These lawsuits often involve a great deal of research, expert analysis and evidence presentation in order to gain a ruling in your favor. Even if you feel that you are capable of handling your own case, this can be a time consuming, stressful and discouraging journey. A lawyer that is well-versed in personal injuries - specifically medical malpractice - will provide you with a sense of confidence and comfort.

What Should You Consider When Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

If you are dealing with a possible medical malpractice claim, your best option is to contact a lawyer with the appropriate experience to address your needs. Your family attorney, or just any attorney, may not have a background that is well suited for the litigation you are about to engage in. An expert medical malpractice lawyer will have the best understanding of and approach to your case. The right lawyer will have a background in the medical aspects of the injury or death your are dealing with, as well as the legal matters surrounding negligence claims.

How Quickly Should You Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Personal injury cases, such as medical malpractice, have a statute of limitations on them. This means that there are rules dictating low long you have after the injury occurs to file a claim in court. This period of time varies by state and by case; you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately to ensure that you are within the statute of limitations before attempting to pursue legal action.

Where Can You Find the Medical Malpractice Right Lawyer to Handle Your Case?

A local law firm that specializes in personal injury will be able to assign you the most knowledgable medical malpractice lawyer possible. Use the form below to request a referral. LegalView will assist you in finding the best possible lawyer in your area for the type of case that you are facing.