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Medical malpractice lawsuits are not always straightforward

If you were to go into surgery and your surgeon was to make a critical error that changed your life forever, you would pursue legal action, right? What about if your doctor failed to diagnose a seemingly-simple problem, thus causing a downwards spiral that results in you suffering tremendous pain? These are examples of medical patients becoming victims of mistakes -- but do they qualify as malpractice?

That may seem like a silly question, but it is actually a crucial point. First of all, some victims of medical mistakes simply don't have the resources to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Others may attempt to file such a lawsuit only to be spurned by the legion of lawyers that a hospital may possess. Even when a malpractice lawsuit does get filed, most of them are settled out of court.

None of this is meant to discourage someone who has been victimized by a medical mistake from filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Instead, it is merely a reminder that you need to have your ducks in a row. You need to consult an experienced attorney, and you need to go over every detail with him or her. You need to get organized and you need to build your case. Remain positive throughout the process, do your best to stay level-headed and go about the lawsuit in a proper manner.

Suffering through the anguish of a medical mistake is very difficult, but if you go about the legal process in the right way, you can earn the justice you deserve.

Source: Nerd Wallet, "Should You Pay for Your Care Even When There's a Medical Error?," Linda Adler, May 9, 2014

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