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Guide to Medical Malpractice

Generally, patients file medical malpractice claims in a state trial court, although they can also file them in federal court if there is a specific violation of federal medical malpractice law. Civil law, not criminal law, encompasses medical malpractice law, and a jury adjudicates claims. Victims initiate these claims, which can severely injure or even be fatal in certain situations. The process of preparing for a medical malpractice trial is called ‘discovery’. In the United States, depositions, which collect information for use at trial, are part of the discovery process. Testimony by deposition is conducted under oath according to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. A patient’s attorney files a notice of deposition with the defense attorney, and the two parties agree on a convenient time and location for depositions to take place.

When can you file Medical Malpractice lawsuit?

Medical Malpractice

A patient can file a medical malpractice claim if they believe that their physician has breached their duty of care. To make a successful medical negligence claim, a patient must show that the physician violated the duty of care and acted negligently, which resulted in harm to the patient.

Medical malpractice can also occur when doctors fail to diagnose a patient properly. This can lead to life-threatening complications. For example, a patient may receive the wrong type of surgery for a serious condition. A wrong diagnosis can result in unnecessary medical procedures and unnecessary medications. A doctor’s failure to accurately diagnose a patient may result in permanent organ damage – severe cases, permanent brain damage. This is a form of medical negligence that affects millions of people each year.

Sometimes, a patient may have a valid malpractice claim even if the surgical procedure is unnecessary. For a patient to succeed in a medical malpractice lawsuit, they must prove that the surgeon performed the surgery negligently and did not follow the appropriate medical standard of care. In addition, they must show that a competent surgeon would have performed the procedure in the same manner. An experienced medical expert can also help with the process of proving negligence.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to win. Sometimes, the mistake is seen immediately, while in other scenarios the error might not be apparent until later. In either case, the patient should seek legal representation as the plaintiff of the lawsuit. A medical malpractice attorney will evaluate the injury from all perspectives. If the injuries are relatively minor, it may be better to pursue a lower settlement to avoid the high costs of litigation. When this is the case, the patient should carefully consider the potential compensation based on the severity of the injury.

Experts and policymakers in the US healthcare system have proposed various reforms to reduce costs. One such reform is an alternative tort liability system, which involves a less formal process and a professional decision-making body. This system aims to streamline the processing of negligence claims, eliminate overly generous juries, and screen out non meritorious claims. Another alternative dispute resolution process is voluntary binding arbitration. In this process, the parties agree to arbitrate a dispute before an impartial third party. In most cases, the decision of the arbitrator is final.

At JIMENEZ, MAZZITELLI & MORDES, our experienced attorneys can help you evaluate your case in order to determine your options. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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