Medical malpractice claims: Where to start?

Medical providers, such as the doctors and the nurses who care for you as a patient, are people in whom you place your trust and who you believe will do what is best for you in a time of need. Unfortunately, all Tennessee patients are not that lucky. Sometimes, the medical providers in whom they place their trust do not show the expected dedication to detail and accuracy.  In such cases, the patient has the recourse to file a medical malpractice suit.

What exactly constitutes medical malpractice? If the answer to the following question in no, then it may be time to speak to a legal expert. Ask yourself – under the same conditions, would a different medical provider have offered the same standard of care?

Once malpractice or negligence has been established, what do you do?  The first place to start is with the professional in under whose care you were in order to find out what went wrong, if it can be fixed and if he or she is willing to fix the problem or provide a way to solve the problem. Should you not receive the help you need, a second step would be to report the issue to the relevant licensing board. The board has the authority to act against the professional while it can also provide you with advice on the next steps to take.

This may also be a good time to contact a lawyer specializing in medical malpractice cases to ensure the best possible legal advice. State laws differ with regard to the period of time a patient has to file a claim. A Tennessee lawyer is the ideal person to assist in ensuring that you act in time. Your lawyer will also be able to advise on the specific legal requirements to which you have to adhere in order to ensure a viable claim.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case", Accessed on July 12, 2016

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