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What to do after an instance of medical malpractice

The term "medical malpractice" is enough to scare most people. However, if you actually find yourself dealing with an instance of medical malpractice, you'll soon realize that your life is changing in many ways.

While you must do whatever it takes to protect your legal rights, there's nothing more important than your health. So, even if you have a medical malpractice claim, you don't want to stop caring for yourself. You need to find a medical team that can provide you with the assistance you need.

Here are some of the many other steps you can take:

  • Contact the medical professional before filing a claim to ask questions, understand what happened and get a better idea of what they can do for you
  • Contact the appropriate medical licensing board, as they can issue a warning to the provider and give you advice on the steps to take
  • Don't wait to file a medical malpractice claim, as you only have so long to do so
  • Obtain a medical assessment to ensure that you understand your situation and to confirm your case

Your medical malpractice case doesn't have to go to court, as you can work toward an out-of-court settlement with the negligent provider.

These are just a few of the basic steps to take after an instance of medical malpractice. You never know what the future will bring, but doing these things will put you in a better place. As your case moves forward, your focus should be on your health and protecting your legal rights at all costs.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed Jan. 02, 2018

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