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Medical Negligence: What does a Malpractice Case Involve?

Medical Negligence and misdiagnosis
Medical malpractice occurs when the actions of a medical professional causes the patient harm. It is often described as “proving treatment that is out of the norm with common practices.” Malpractice applies to all medical professionals including, doctors, nurses, CNA’s, orderlies, technicians, and other hospital staff.

 

Malpractice may even apply to hospital or clinic administrators who make decisions that affect the treatment of the patients.

 

When you have been injured by a medical professional it is important to seek legal representation from OKC medical malpractice attorneys. Having an attorney protecting your right to receive corrective treatment and compensation for your losses will always be in your best benefit.

 

If you are filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, your case will follow a very specific guideline. Understanding these steps will allow you to proceed through this difficult time with more confidence.

 

Filing A Malpractice Suit

 

If you or your loved one has been injured in a malpractice event, the first thing that you must do after seeking medical care for your injuries is contact medical malpractice attorneys about the case, to file a medical malpractice claim.

 

The injured party or a legal representative can file the complaint against the medical practitioner. Your attorney will listen to what has occurred and determine if you have the right to seek compensation under malpractice guidelines.

 

If a patient dies due to the malpractice event, your attorney may recommend that you seek out a wrongful death case instead of, or in addition to, your malpractice case. This will all be determined on the facts surrounding your case.

 

Determining If It Is Malpractice

 

Your attorney will look at all of the facts surrounding the case and determine if malpractice has occurred.

 

It must be understood that malpractice only occurs when a medical practitioner did something out of the norm that has led to harming the patient. It is not malpractice if the treatment you received did not produce the results that you desired.

 

Malpractice is usually categorized into the following conditions:

 

• Failure to accurately diagnose or treat a condition
• Over treating a condition leading to harm
• Failure to use standard medical treatments for specific condition
• Prescribing the wrong medications or wrong dosage
• Surgical Errors
• Post-operative infections (some)

 

Other types of injuries do occur and may apply to malpractice. Your attorney can determine if your injury falls under this guideline.

 

Filing a Complaint

 

Once it has been established that malpractice occurred, your OKC Medical malpractice attorneys will create a Complaint.

 

This official document will be served to the Court and to the party being accused (Defendant) stating that malpractice has occurred and that you are seeking damages. Once served, the other party has a limited number of days to respond.

 

Discovery

 

Once the case has been made official and the Defendant has been served, your attorney will begin the Discovery process.

 

This process entails collecting all the information related to the medical injury, acquiring all of your previous medical records for verifications, speaking with witnesses, interviewing all members of the lawsuit, and building a case. This is the longest part to any lawsuit.

 

Your attorney may schedule several meetings with you or request many different types of documents during this period. It is important that you meet these requests so that your case can proceed in a timely manner.

 

Continued Medical Care

 

During the Discovery period it is important that you continue with all of your medical care so that you can make a recovery from your injuries. Failing to attend doctor appointments or follow prescribed treatments could harm your case.

 

During this period of time the Defense may also ask you to be examined by their doctor for further verification. If your attorney approves, make sure that you attend this appointment or it will impact your case.

 

Settlement Negotiations

 

It is not unusual during the discovery period for the insurance company representing the Defendant to start making offers to settle the case.

 

It is very unusual for the first or even the first few offers to be an acceptable amount to cover the true losses by the injured party. Your attorney will review every offer and present them to you.

 

Your attorney will make a recommendation to accept or decline the offer based on what they believe is fair. At that point you make the decision. If you decline, your attorney will continue to work on the case.

 

The defense has up until the time the case goes to trial to come up with a full and fair settlement. If they do not, the case will go to trial.

 

Contest

 

Less than 10 percent of all malpractice cases go to trial. If it is necessary, your attorney will present a case to the Court and jury and aggressively represent your case.

 

When the trial is over the jury will have the final decision on the outcome and settlement amount. Insurance companies generally try to avoid this because going to trial is very expensive.

 

Important Things To Remember

 

If you have been involved in any type of malpractice event, you are encouraged to do the following to help your compensation case:

• Keep An Injury Diary.

Keep a written record of your injury and how you are feeling, how it is progressing, and how your overall well-being has been affected.
Be very truthful in this diary so that it just does not just sound like a long litany of complaints. If you are having a good day, write it down.
If you are frustrated because you had to hire someone to do a job you usually do around the house, write down that feeling and why.
If you are in pain, document it. This diary will represent the true extent of your injury and how it has impacted your life. Your attorney can use this information to show the opposing party what a real impact this injury has had on your life.

• Work Closely With Your Attorney.

Keep your appointments with your attorney and provide all documentation requested. Working closely with your attorney keeps the process running smoothly and in a timely manner.

• Avoid Social Media Regarding Your Case.

If you have been injured, it is best to keep away from social media as much as possible. The defense is going to monitor your social media activities for any type of information they can use to prove that your injury is not as bad as you say.
Do not disclose any information that you have talked about with your attorney, and refrain from talking about your injury, your treatment, your improvements or any declines you may be experiencing.
Keep it very simple if you must mention it by stating that you have suffered an injury and are now receiving treatment.

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