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Steps to consider prior to filing a medical malpractice claim

Medical professionals are far from perfect. They often make mistakes, leading to serious injuries, decreased chances of survival and even death. Sometimes, these individuals even intentionally inflict harm on patients. Regardless of how it happens, victims of medical malpractice can suffer significantly. They might face harsh financial losses and their physical and emotional well-being can be jeopardized. Though a sense of hopelessness can loom over these victims, they should take comfort in knowing that they may be able to find compensation, justice and closure via a hospital negligence lawsuit.

The medical malpractice lawsuit is one that must go through a process. Before filing a claim, it may be helpful for a victim to contact the medical professional to try to get a sense of what might have gone wrong. This may lead to corrective care, and it might provide statements that could be used as evidence should a lawsuit be filed. A victim might also want to contact the appropriate medical licensing board. These organizations can discipline medical professionals and issue warnings, thereby protecting others and, again, helping provide an evidentiary foundation for a showing of negligence.

It might also be beneficial to undergo a medical assessment to determine if a victim's injuries merit a medical malpractice lawsuit. These evaluations, which are often required before filing a claim, help give an individual's claim validity. After that, a victim must decide if he or she can reach an out of court settlement or if taking the matter to trial offers more advantages.

Once an individual gets to the point where he or she decides to pursue legal action, they should fully prepare themselves with supporting evidence, witnesses and strong legal arguments. Florida attorneys who have experience handling these types of cases may be able to provide valuable assistance with this process.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed on March 11, 2016

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