When we seek medical attention, we hope that the doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional is well qualified and competent enough to take good care of us. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Humans make mistakes, doctors and nurses can also make mistakes resulting in medical malpractice. Filing lawsuits while you are experiencing complications resulting from malpractice isn’t always easy, therefore an experienced attorney is necessary.
Medical malpractice is on the rise. Most states have noticed the rising trend and adjusted the laws accordingly to make those at fault responsible for aiding the victims they’ve wronged. Most medical providers have malpractice insurance in the case they make a mistake and find a lawsuit against them. State laws set forth various rules that must be met for a victim to file a medical malpractice suit – this is done to prevent fraud as a result of increasing malpractice reports.
State rules regarding malpractice filing vary greatly. Some require an attorney to have a great deal of knowledge, and full understanding of malpractice laws while others have less stringent requirements. There are also different types of approaches to arbitration and settlements for the victims. Depending on the state, the lawsuit might be handled in front of a group of specialized individuals – a panel, or the settlement can be limited by previous case outcomes.
Expenses of malpractice suits make full circle from patient to doctor and back to patient. With increasing cases of medical malpractice, doctors are now forced to purchase more insurance to prevent themselves from going bankrupt. Insurance companies in turn increase their premiums since they are ultimately paying the patient. This increase in expenses then makes full circle to the patient in a form of service fees. This is exactly why our healthcare is so expensive in the United States.
If you are a patient who has suffered from medical malpractice you might have learned that there are all sorts of damages one can recover compensation for, which could be of good news to you. The bad news however is, a majority of malpractice claims fail in court, roughly 73% of all malpractice claims are thrown out without compensation. What does this mean to a patient? This means that if you have a legitimate malpractice case, you should always hire the best attorney possible to help you win a case. A medical malpractice attorney should have thorough experience in court, understanding of various criteria that qualifies you to file such suit and proper client care.