4 Tips to Prepare for a Medical Malpractice Case
Mistakes are made every day, and while some are insignificant, others can change a life forever. A mistaken diagnosis or an accidental incision by a medical provider can result in a patient being harmed and injured—or even killed.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for further medical treatment, loss of wages and pain and suffering. Below are a few tips to ensure that you are prepared for your medical malpractice case.
1. Contact the Medical Professional and Medical Licensing Board
Before you actually file a claim, you should contact the doctor or medical professional involved in the malpractice. In many cases, medical providers are willing to perform services to correct a problem. If contacting the doctor does not help the situation, you should contact the licensing board that governs medical licenses in your state. They can provide guidance on your next steps and may also issue a warning or discipline to the negligent medical professional.
2. Know How Long You Have to File a Claim
All civil claims, including medical malpractice cases, have time limits called statutes of limitations. In Connecticut, you have 2 years after the injury to file a medical malpractice claim. Each state has its own statute of limitations.
3. Get a Certificate of Merit
Many states require a “certificate of merit” to determine if the injuries you suffered were the result of medical negligence. To get a certificate of merit, you must contact an expert to review your medical records. An attorney can file the certificate of merit for you, which confirms that you spoke with a medical expert and that your action has merit.
4. Consider an Out-of-Court Settlement
A medical malpractice case can be costly and time-consuming. If you have the chance to settle out of court, you should consider it. However, if you believe you have a strong case, you should pursue the larger settlement with the help of an attorney.
Were you recently injured due to the negligence of a doctor? Contact our Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers today to find out if you have a solid case.
Call (203) 876-2711 or contact us online today.