Imagine going into the doctor for a relatively routine physical. Things take a turn when you doctor finds something suspicious. After months of undergoing very painful and expensive treatments, you seek a second opinion. The specialist informs you that your doctor handed down a wrong diagnosis. Unfortunately, medical malpractice happens more frequently than it should.
From inadequate care to misdiagnoses, medical mistakes can leave innocent patients suffering severe injuries and paying astronomical medical expenses. In most cases, the level of malpractice depends on whether the medical professional’s acts were negligent or improper when compared to the actions another provider would take in a similar situation.
If you have suffered due to medical malpractice, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. To have your case reviewed, speak with a local Kentucky personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Read further to find out what you should do first to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
Talk with your doctor
Sometimes, your doctor can remedy a medical mistake without getting the court involved. Before pursuing a claim, contact your medical provider so that you can learn more about what went wrong with your procedure or diagnosis. If possible, your doctor may be able to fix the problem.
Talk to the licensing board
The medical licensing board in Kentucky has the power to take disciplinary measures against the medical professional that caused you harm. If your doctor refuses to take steps to fix the problem, the board can advise you on what to do next.
Statute of limitations
You have to file a claim for damages within one year after the malpractice occurs or you discover that it happened. If you do not file the claim within the prescribed time limits, the court may deny you the right to receive compensation for your injuries.
Get a second opinion
In most malpractice cases, the injured party must provide evidence of injuries occurring due to negligence. This often comes in the form of a “certificate merit.” Another medical provider that is an expert in your condition will have to review your case and certify that your injuries are due malpractice.
Settling out of court
Insurance companies make it a priority to reject as many claims as possible. This includes the malpractice insurance provider that represents the doctor responsible for your injuries. Unless you have a solid case, you may want to consider settling out of court.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.