5 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Modern Times Apr 6, 2019
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So what exactly is a medical malpractice suit, and how can you determine whether it’s time to hire a medical malpractice attorney?
Medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer.

Every year, billions of dollars are spent in medical malpractice payouts, averaging to more than one payment per hour.

Your medical provider was negligent

It’s important to remember that “negligence” must be distinguished from a “bad outcome” in order to pursue a claim.

Failure to provide proper healthcare is more likely in certain situations, including surgical procedures, symptom identification, and the misreading of laboratory results.

You’ve been offered a settlement

If you believe you’ve received injuries resulting from medical malpractice, avoid signing settlement agreements before speaking to your lawyer.

Settlements allow insurance companies to avoid suits by paying off the injured person and preventing them from hiring an attorney.

Other patients have experienced negligence

Reading hospital reviews or hospital data from your local health information exchange can help you distinguish the good from the bad, and some reviews may even note incidences of medical malpractice.

If other reviewers accused the hospital of committing medical malpractice, this is a good indication that you’re not alone.

You received a delayed diagnosis

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis account for a large percentage of medical malpractice claims.

If your doctor misdiagnosed a condition or failed to diagnose a serious disease causing you to miss treatment opportunities that could have prevented serious harm, you likely have an actionable claim.

You were prescribed the wrong medication

Medication errors harm approximately 1.5 million people in the United States annually. If your doctor has prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dose, you should consider hiring a medical malpractice attorney.
If you suspect you were injured through medical malpractice, contact an experienced malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

Your malpractice attorney will be able to help you determine whether you have an actionable medical malpractice claim.