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A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Medical Negligence

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Many people think that the term medical negligence is the same thing as medical malpractice. Medical negligence is an omission or act performed by a medical professional who deviates from an acceptable standard of medical care. When a doctor either performs an act or does not give acceptable medical care, patients have the right to file a medical negligence claim and may receive clinical negligence compensation.

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Reasonable care must be taken for a patient’s health and well-being by clinical professionals. Common law states that medical professionals must take care to ensure the safety and well-being of each of their patients. If a breach occurs during the care of a patient, a claim for damages may be filed.

 

Can You File a Medical Negligence Claim?

 

If you feel that you have suffered due to a medical provider’s negligence, you have the right to file a medical negligence claim. Claims can be filed against a general practitioner, a healthcare institution, a nurse, a medical staff member or a dentist. In certain cases, an individual practitioner may solely be responsible. For example, the medical provider may have treated incorrectly due to either carelessness or ignorance. Conversely, a medical institution or hospital may be solely responsible because it did not provide adequate or necessary equipment for the treatment of your condition.

 

Legitimate Claims – Understanding the Steps of a Medical Negligence Claim

 

What Is the First Step to Filing a Medical Negligence Claim?

 

The first step when considering filing a medical negligence claim is to file a complaint against the healthcare provider or institution that you believe is at fault. This complaint will not result in any type of compensation; however, it does provide evidence of a complaint.

 

Proving that the healthcare provider or institution was negligence can be difficult, which is why you need the assistance of an attorney. If you do not hire an attorney who specializes in medical negligence claims, your odds of being compensated decrease. Your attorney will determine the best route to take for filing a claim, as well as the evidence that is required. Additionally, your attorney can give you an estimate of the compensation that you should expect.

 

How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Negligence Claim?

 

Most negligence claims have a three-year time limit for filing. However, the claim should be filed within twelve months for best results. Attorneys agree that the sooner that you file a negligence claim, the better.

 

Determining Your Compensation

 

Our negligence compensation calculator can help you determine how much to expect from your claim. For further information or assistance, give us a call.

 

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Where Can You Find More Information?

 

If you are considering filing a medical negligence claim, it is essential that you have the legal support that you need to win your case. Medical negligence cases are quite complex and need the expertise offered by an attorney specializing in medical negligence claims. We know how to show that you received substandar care and the knowledge on how to handle the most complex medical negligence claims.