3 Things to Do When You Think Medical Malpractice Has Occurred

August 1, 2015

The aftermath of a medical malpractice injury can be frustrating, painful, and often tragic for victims and their families.  When going through this stressful time, many people feel overwhelmed with the prospect of investigating an injury and filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.  This feeling is quite understandable: medical malpractice claims are technical and complex legal actions.

But, while an Ohio medical malpractice lawsuit may be complex, taking the right steps after medical malpractice has occurred is actually fairly straightforward.

  1.  Seek Medical Care From A Different Health Care Network

Your health and safety are most important.  If you have been injured by a careless doctor, surgeon, or other medical professional, it is perfectly reasonable to doubt their ability to provide the care you need to address your new malpractice-related injuries or health issues.  Seeking care from a different health care network can give you peace of mind.  It will also allow an unaffiliated doctor to review your records, something that can prove very helpful should you choose to file a lawsuit.

  1. Contact an Experienced Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyer

After your health and safety are addressed, the next step is to contact a medical malpractice attorney.  What makes a medical malpractice situation so overwhelming is that, while dealing with personal injuries or tragedy, it is next to impossible for the average person to figure out 1) whether malpractice occurred; and 2) whether or how to file a lawsuit when malpractice does occur.  An experienced malpractice lawyer will handle these issues for you so that you can focus on your health and your family.

  1. Act Immediately

Almost as important as contacting a malpractice lawyer is doing so as soon as possible.  With some exceptions, Ohio medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within a year of the occurrence of the malpractice or the time when malpractice was first suspected.  Without delving into the complex legal doctrines, suffice it to say that every second counts when filing an Ohio medical malpractice case.

The law firm of Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA represents victims of medical malpractice in Cleveland, Ohio, and across the nation.  If you or a loved one were injured and you suspect medical malpractice is the cause, contact us today for a free telephone consultation.

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