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How long do you have to file a malpractice claim? I had surgery August 2017 and still on medication ( possibly for my life ) for another problem cus of Dr error.

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What is medical malpractice?

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Medical malpractice is when a doctor or healthcare provider provides substandard treatment (as defined by law) to a patient, resulting in injury or damages. Malpractice law provides the injured party a way to recover compensation for the resulting injuries....Read More

Do medical malpractice lawyers work based on contingency fees?

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Most medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they collect a percentage of any settlement awarded if they win the case or settle out of court. If they lose, they do not get paid. While it is unusual for a lawyer to not work on a contingency basis, some prefer to bill hourly. If they bill hourly, these hours can accrue immediately, even if you end the case, so be sure to discuss and clarify specifics with your lawyer....Read More

How does one file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

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To formally file a medical malpractice suit, you must draft and file a complaint with the courts. The complaint is a formal documentation of the allegations against the defendant (doctor, hospital, healthcare provider). Once the complaint has been filed, the lawsuit begins. Prior to filing a lawsuit, which technically you can do yourself, it is strongly advised to consult or hire an experienced attorney to draw up the complaint and file it on your behalf. There can be legal loopholes that make the process difficult, and an experienced lawyer can navigate these waters efficiently and effectively. They also can guide and advise as far as expectations and potential compensation. You are not required to use an attorney but it is very likely your best course of action in this, or any legal matter. It’s what they do....Read More

Can medical malpractice lawsuits be brought against someone other than a doctor?

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A medical malpractice suit can absolutely be filed against individuals and institutions other than a doctor. Lawsuits can be brought against nearly any licensed healthcare professional including, but not limited to, a nurse, dentist, pharmacist or an anesthesiologist. If they performed negligent work, they can be held liable. Hospitals and clinics can be liable for issues like unsafe or unsanitary conditions that result in injury or damages....Read More