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What should you do after an instance of medical malpractice?

There is nothing worse than the thought of receiving poor medical treatment, as you know that this can have a negative impact on your health and well-being.

If you find yourself in this position for any reason, you should focus on doing what's best for your health. From there, you will want to learn more about medical malpractice, including whether or not you are in position to file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

Here are some of the most basic steps associated with a medical malpractice case:

  • Contact the negligent health professional before doing anything else. Talk about what went wrong and let the person explain what he or she can do to help.
  • Contact the appropriate medical licensing board. While a licensing board cannot step in and force the person to provide compensation, they may be able to issue a warning and provide assistance.
  • Receive a medical assessment. You should consult with another medical professional to get a clear idea of your injuries and how they pertain to the negligence of the original provider.
  • Attempt to reach an out of court settlement. This is often the most efficient way to receive compensation, as it allows you to avoid the time and costs associated with the court process.

These are just a few of the many things you need to think about if you believe you have a medical malpractice case. By taking these steps at the right time, you will find yourself in a position to understand your legal rights and to feel confident in what the future will bring.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed Sep. 07, 2017

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