By Davis Law Firm, WOAI.com Legal Expert
SAN ANTONIO - Medical malpractice happens within the United States almost each and every day. Very few are aware of what it encompasses, leaving them with medical issues that may never be able to be corrected. There are so many different situations that can be determined as medical malpractice lawsuits, but how do you know? And if you do know, what do you do to file a case with the court system?
To begin, what truly is medical malpractice as defined by the court system? Medical malpractice is the negligence of an individual or entity within the field of medicine. This can be the negligence of a doctor, nurse, physician's assistance, hospital, etc. Fraudulent or negligence action must have resulted in injury and/or death to the patient undergoing medical services.
So what are some important facts to know and understand regarding medical malpractice, should it happen to you:
* You should know that standards and regulations that apply to medical malpractice do differ by country, and often times state. It is best to consult with your El Paso personal injury attorney prior to filing a claim. This way you can know exactly where you stand as far as your legal rights, and the regulations that fall within your given area.
* All medical providers are to provide you with legal, professional service, that is backed with professional liability insurance. In the case that malpractice and negligence has occurred the medical provider should, in most cases, have their cases handled by their insurance company on some level.
* A medical malpractice lawsuit can be a stressful and intimidating process. It is always recommended that an individual seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to assist them along the way. Initially these professionals can take a look at your case and let you know where you stand. They can also simplify overcomplicated paperwork, make phone calls on your behalf, and also attend court with and/or for you in most cases.
* With a malpractice case, one must prove that there are evident damages. These may be that of loss of work, medical bills, inability to continue in the same line of work, death, loss of limbs, etc. Save the records and information you are able to. Some attorneys even have medical records professionals that will assist you in gathering this information at a later date, should you not have it all collected prior to filing your suit.
A medical malpractice lawsuit is a very serious issue. You should always be treated with professionalism and expert attention when seeking medical assistance. If not, you may just have a medical malpractice lawsuit.