How do you know if your medical problem is caused by a mistake your doctor made? Or what if your pharmacist gives you the wrong medicine by mistake? Do you then have a medical malpractice lawsuit?
If you get an outcome you don’t expect, or if there are complications from a medical procedure, you may want to contact an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice. You should be able to talk with an attorney who will answer your questions as to whether or not you may have a case.
A bad outcome from surgery, or other complications, does not mean that something legally wrong has occurred.
In order to prove a claim of malpractice in the state of Alabama, you must have another expert – a doctor in the same field of medicine who would have performed the same procedure, testify that the original doctor did something unreasonable. The expert witness must also testify that your doctor’s mistakes caused your injuries.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. One in three patients admitted to a hospital may experience a medical error. And, more than 400-thousand people die each year as a result of medical issues that may have been preventable in a hospital.
The key to solving these cases legally, and what your attorney will do is access your medical records, review them, and then make a legal determination as to whether there is a case to pursue.
It is important that you do things in a timely manner. There is a two year statute of limitations for filing any type of civil claim in the state of Alabama. Also, your attorney will want to collect any evidence while it is still fresh.
It will cost you nothing to consult with a personal injury attorney. You may schedule an appointment to meet with your attorney who will discuss your case at no charge.
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