If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or illness due to medical negligence or malpractice, you might be eligible to file a lawsuit against the negligent healthcare provider. The first step to follow in the medical malpractice lawsuit process is to hire the right attorney. Ideally, you want a lawyer on your side who has experience settling these types of cases, and more importantly, successfully taking them to trial.
Second, you want to make sure that you have copies of all of your medical records. In a medical malpractice case, medical records are oftentimes the backbone of the case – and they are usually the basis for proving that a healthcare provider did something wrong.
In addition to having copies of all pertinent medical records, it is important that you comply with all pre-filing requirements. Specifically, you will need to have a medical expert on board in your case who is willing to state, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that the healthcare provider who treated you did something wrong. In other words, your healthcare provider must have acted negligently and unreasonably under the circumstances.
Lastly, you want to have an experienced Georgia medical malpractice attorney file a lawsuit in the court system and advise you on the best way to proceed forward with your case. Your lawyer will be able to tell you whether it is a good idea to accept a pending settlement offer versus taking your case to trial or arbitration.
Speak with a Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
The knowledgeable legal team at The McLendon Law Firm can help you handle every aspect of your medical malpractice case from beginning to end. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Georgia medical malpractice attorney, please give us a call at 877-ROB-WINS or contact us online for more information about how we can help.
Medical Malpractice FAQ
How Long do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Typically, an individual has two years from the date of the alleged malpractice to file a lawsuit for monetary compensation and damages.
What if my Medical Malpractice Lawsuit is not Filed on Time?
Under most circumstances, if your lawsuit is not filed in a timely manner, your case can be dismissed and you will no longer be eligible for monetary compensation.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
As part of a medical malpractice claim, you could pursue compensation for related medical treatment, lost earnings, pain and suffering, inconvenience, and mental anguish, among other damages.