When you seek help from a medical professional, you expect to be properly cared for, especially when seeking help for major illnesses or surgical procedures. However, many Americans suffer at the hands of negligent medical professionals who don’t provide the care their patients need and deserve. In this case, patients may consider filing a medical malpractice claim with the help of a personal injury attorney. Here are some common factors to consider when deciding to pursue a medical malpractice case:
1. Negligent Medical Behavior or Practices
Legal negligence plays a large role in building a medical malpractice case. Negligent behavior is essentially the failure to provide a generally acceptable level of care or attention. If you’ve suffered because of a doctor’s negligence, you may have grounds to pursue a serious medical malpractice case.
2. Severity of Your Injury
The severity of your injury also plays a role in deciding whether to pursue a medical malpractice case. Minor injuries or conditions that are not life threatening or serious may not be worth your time, effort, or money to pursue. Additionally, many of these claims can be thrown out of court. More substantial medical malpractice claims typically have the ability to go further in the justice system, which means a greater chance of settlement.
3. Properly Documented Injuries
Finally, if you’re considering a medical malpractice case, make sure that your injuries are properly documented before filing the claim. Medical documentation of the procedure, treatment, or medication that caused your injury not only help prove who was liable for your injuries, but can also show that you were fine before being treated by a certain medical professional. This can bolster your case and help enhance your likelihood of reaching a settlement.
To learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice claim, contact Santilli Law Group. We serve the entire Chicago area with professional workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, and personal injury legal services. Call (312) 854-0943 to learn more today.
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