Doctors are rightfully loved and respected worldwide for their life-saving abilities. We depend on them to keep our family healthy and we put our future in their hands. So, when a doctor or medical provider violates that trust through careless, callous or reckless behavior, they should be held accountable.
The human body is complex and sometimes things can go wrong through no fault of a physician. Other times, the doctor’s action or inaction is a direct cause of death, dismemberment or other serious injury. In fact, according to a study by the Journal for Patient Safety, as many as 440,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors each year. Many others are left to suffer with serious, life-changing injuries.
When medical malpractice happens to you, you can’t go it alone. You need an entire team of legal professionals with experience investigating, presenting and winning medical malpractice cases. A law firm with this type of experience knows how to read between the lines and uncover cover-ups to prove exactly what went wrong and who is responsible.
How to File a Successful Medical Malpractice Case
Truth be told, most medical malpractice victims never recover a single penny. That’s because many are too scared to move forward with a claim, or they think they can handle it on their own. In order to get compensation for the damage a negligent doctor or other healthcare professional has done, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You must have suffered serious injury or have lost a loved one. Because of the challenging nature of a medical malpractice claim and the cost necessary to prove a malpractice claim, the damage done must be significant. The courts won’t award you compensation for minor to moderate injuries that heal in time and don’t significantly impact your life. Likewise, you can’t bring a successful claim for something that “nearly happened.”
You must prove your injuries were the result of something the doctor should have done or not done. This means proving that the doctor’s action or inaction deviated from the Standard of Care and caused your injury. Simply being a rude doctor or not having a good bed-side manner is not a successful medical malpractice claim.
The medical negligence must have occurred within the state’s Statute of Limitations. State law limits the amount of time in which you are allowed to file a claim. In Arkansas, the clock generally starts running when the act or omission of the doctor occurred, even if you were unaware of it. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can determine the exact time frame that applies in your case.
Hire an experienced law firm. Before hiring a lawyer, ask them about their experience with these types of cases. Ask if they’ve ever brought one to court and if so, what result they got. Experience is important, as these cases are very complex. You don’t want a lawyer who is learning as they go on your case.
Why Medlock and Gramlich, LLP?
Our legal team is standing by ready to help. We have the experience you need and the personal touch you deserve. We’ll aggressively fight to hold the wrong-doers accountable and get you the maximum compensation possible.
Contact us now for a free case review. The call and consultation are 100% free and confidential. You provide us with the details, and we’ll provide you with good, solid legal advice. Even if you don’t end up hiring us, you’ll walk away with a clear idea of what your next steps should be. So don’t wait, contact us today.