Did you know that billions of dollars are paid out to recipients of medical malpractice claims each year? There is an alarming number of medical malpractice accusations in the United States. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has even gone so far as to state that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
If you or a loved one has been affected by medical malpractice, you may want to take action to claim the damages to which you are entitled. Not only will this ensure that you get justice, but it may play an important role in preventing other patients from being negatively affected by malpractice. The following are some of the key things you should consider before making a medical malpractice claim.
Consider the full extent of the damages suffered
In the case of medical malpractice, the damages are often profound and far-reaching. Damages extend beyond the unnecessary pain and emotional suffering that was caused. It may be that a patient suffers a lower quality of life due to the condition or disability that they suffer as a result of medical malpractice. Financial damages will probably also occur in the form of unnecessary medical bills and lost wages.
Reflect on who or what was to blame
Before taking action to make a claim for damages, you should take the time to consider who or what you think was to blame for the damages. For example, you may hold a particular surgeon to blame because they made a clear mistake in their surgery. Alternatively, you may instead believe that the systematic disorganization of the hospital in which you were treated led to the damages.
Take action in good time
If you want to successfully claim damages after an instance of medical malpractice, you will need to take action within a given time frame. If you take too long to start the process, you may not be entitled to damages.
It is important that you prioritize your recovery over making a medical malpractice claim because the process could become taxing or stressful. When you are ready to make a claim, start by learning more about medical malpractice.