Medical Negligence and your rights

26th November 2009
By Ruth in Medical Malpractice
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Medical care is a legal right every individual needs and has, however as a patient we expect the best medical care available to us.

Medical negligence comes into play if at any point, the medical practitioner does not uphold the minimum expected standards.

As a society, we expect medical help and standards to be the best and such ethics should be delivered. When it isn’t, the effects can be life altering.

There are increasing stories of doctors and surgeons leaving tools inside patient bodies during operations, incorrect amputees and medical overdoses. All can hugely affect a victim’s life negatively and can even cause fatalities.

Clinical negligence as a result, can be part of a number of things from disease transference to paralysis.

If you or a member of your family feel they have been a victim of medical negligence, then your first step of action is to hire a medical negligence injury lawyer.

Medical negligence and medical malpractice lawsuits are some of the most complicated personal injury cases out there.

This is due in part to the wide variety of medical variations and complications afflicting the victim. An investigation will need to occur. It is also good to have a lawyer on your side when you decide to take on two of the biggest bureaucracies out there- the hospital and the insurance firm.

Steps to finding a lawyer

When you decide to take legal action, your first step should be to thoroughly shop around and research the type of lawyer you need. Looking into different lawyers will take time, but it will be worth the investment. You could just call the first lawyer you see on a the television, but how will you know anything of their character, attitude and professionalism? Start small. Ask the people you know and they will be honest with you. It is advised that you look into lawyers who have had past successful cases and have strong knowledge and experience in this field.

Next, you will need to interview different lawyers. The first impression is the most important. If you feel relaxed you will have a better experience. It is also encouraged that you talk to former clients to see what their experience was like.

Clinical Malpractice Lawyers know how to fight the big bureaucracies with furiousness; while giving you the dignity, respect and compassion you need from your legal counsel. They will get the justice you have been searching for.

Payment is also very important when hiring a lawyer. Many lawyers receive payment in the event that your case is favourably settled. This means that they will receive a percentage of your winnings. Make sure to factor this into the initial compensation amount you are asking for. You will want to have everything in writing and make sure you understand payment up front.

Injury lawyer, Jeremy Newson, stated that legal advice is so vital when a victim has suffered negligence, because claims are continuing to increase:

“Some years ago, cases involving medical negligence were comparatively rare. But more and more frequently, we are helping clients recover significant damages as the result of clinical accidents and mishaps that have ruined their lives,” he said.

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