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3 Things You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice

Posted on August 11, 2016 in

3 Things You Need to Know About Medical MalpracticeMedical error or negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and an estimated 200,000 people are killed each year. Yet, up to 75 percent of these cases are never filed. Medical malpractice involves a variety of injuries, deaths, medical conditions and medication mishaps that are the result of intentional or unintentional negligence and battery. Many men and women don’t realize they have a medical malpractice case or have been misled by the various defective medical devices or medical professionals who caused them harm.

If you think you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice, these three facts can help you through the process:

1. Don’t Fall for Scare Tactics

Healthcare providers and insurance companies have been known to use fear as an incentive for you to drop your case. You may have been told that your medical costs would go up if you filed a medical malpractice suit, but that’s not true. You won’t be refused healthcare either. Nursing home abuse also falls under medical malpractice, and these facilities will likely try to deter you from a lawsuit.

2. Don’t Settle too Soon

You need to make sure all of your injuries have been treated and documented. The physician, hospital or their insurance company may offer you an initial settlement that is below what your actual costs have been and will be. If you have a permanent disability such as a spinal cord injury, lost wages and loss of quality of life can be taken into consideration as well.

3. You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Due to the intricate details involved in medical malpractice law, it’s important for you to have a lawyer who specializes in this practice area. Our Cottonwood personal injury lawyers know how to investigate your claim and build a compelling case to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to medical negligence or error, please call the Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. in Sedona today at (928) 778-2660 to schedule your consultation. Our lawyers specialize in medical malpractice, personal injury and auto accidents and serve clients in Sedona, Prescott and all of Northern Arizona.