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Summary: Medical malpractice cases are complicated and time consuming. Don't take on this challenge by yourself.
Doctors occupy a special place of trust in our society and with good reason. After all, we put our very lives in their hands, and their decisions, at critical points in our lives. When we enter their offices, we trust that they’ll take the Hippocratic Oath, “Do no harm,” to heart. So when a doctors ends up hurting his patient through negligent behavior it’s a pretty stunning event.
Besides the betrayal of trust, medical malpractice also leaves patients injured and unable to work, just the same as if they’d been in an accident. Unfortunately, proving medical malpractice, and recovering damages for it, is a lot tougher than recovering damages after an auto accident.
If you’ve been the victim of this type of negligence, you need to hire an attorney and begin pursuing a claim as soon as you possibly can.
If you’ve got any kind of case whatsoever, there’s a good chance that the hospital will make you a settlement offer pretty quickly. But don’t get too excited about these early offers. Besides being well short of what your settlement actually should be, these offers come with a price.
Unless you’ve got an attorney by your side, the initial offer you get from the hospital will almost certainly include a clause that includes no admission of guilt on their part, and the condition that you pursue no further legal action. That’s a pretty steep price and it’s not something that an attorney would agree to.
Medical malpractice lawyers are well versed in the tactics used by hospitals and doctors to cover their negligence and aren’t intimidated by them. They know full well that when a hospital offers a settlement of any kind, they know they’ve done something wrong. Your lawyer won’t back down at this critical moment, he’ll step up his game.
In short, there’s no way you can hope to get a reasonable settlement in a medical malpractice case without a good attorney.
Before you’ve settled on an attorney to represent you in your medical malpractice case, you’ll want to keep careful records of every person you talk to regarding the case. This should start the moment you suspect that everything was not all right.
These records should include receipts, bills, and a phone log of who you talked to and what they said. If your case goes to trial, these kinds of records will be invaluable to your attorney and help insure that you get the kind of settlement you’re entitled to.