Medical Malpractice FAQ

1. Q. What is medical malpractice law?

A. Medical malpractice law is the laws that protect individuals from medical malpractice, provide the guidelines for medical professionals to follow and govern litigation for medical malpractice.

2. Q. What typically constitutes medical malpractice?

A. Typically, medical malpractice happens when a patient is injured in some way due to the negligence or mistakes made by a professional in the medical field, such as a doctor, nurse or other professional.

3. Q. How do I know if I have a medical malpractice case?

A. Typically, you will need to seek out an attorney knowledgeable in medical malpractice law in order to determine whether you actually have a viable case or not. If you feel that you have been injured or damaged by a medical professional's negligence, seek an attorney to proceed.

4. Q. How can medical professionals protect themselves from medical malpractice suits?

A. Although medical professionals cannot guarantee that they will not be targeted in a medical malpractice lawsuit, they can prevent it to the best of their ability by being compliant with state and local laws as well as taking every precaution to ensure patients' safety and health.

5. Q. Is medical malpractice a common thing?

A. Actually, while most health care professionals do their best to protect their patients' safety, approximately 98,000 individuals die each year from medical malpractice in the United States alone.

6. Q. How can an injured patient best win a medical malpractice case?

A. In order for an injured patient to win a case against a healthcare professional, they must typically prove that the health care professional was negligent in some way, that the patient suffered because of this negligence and the extent of damages incurred due to this negligence.

7. Should I hire a medical malpractice law attorney?

A. If you are a patient who feels as though you have been injured through medical malpractice or if you're a healthcare professional who is being accused of medical malpractice – yes, you should hire an attorney. Medical malpractice is a complicated topic and attorneys who are knowledgeable in the law can help you best prepare your case.

8. Q. How soon should I hire a medical malpractice attorney if I feel I'm the victim of medical malpractice?

A. As soon as you feel that you are the victim. There are statutes of limitation in most states regarding medical malpractice. This means that if you don't file a suit within a certain amount of time, you may lose the right to do so. This is why it's important to seek an attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.

9. Q. How can I hire the best medical malpractice attorney for me?

A. There are several ways to hire an attorney and one of them is through recommendations. If your friends or family have used a medical malpractice attorney that they were happy with, ask for a referral. You can also search locally for attorneys – be sure to find out their experience and wins versus losses.

10. Q. Who can be sued for medical malpractice?

A. Anyone in the health care industry that is in a position to care for the sick or injured. This includes nurses, doctors, psychologists and other individuals who professionally care for patients.

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