• What Are Some Common Misconceptions about Medical Malpractice?

    Surgical MalpracticeThe relationship between a patient and their healthcare provider – whether a doctor, nurse, dentist or any other medical professional or facility — is based on trust. Patients trust that they will be well cared for. When that doesn’t happen and patients suffer significant injuries as a result of an action or lack of action, they are frequently urged to take legal action and file a medical malpractice lawsuit, but many are hesitant. There are a number of reasons for this, and many are based on common misconceptions about lawsuits in general and medical malpractice lawsuits in particular.

    If you are weighing whether or not to seek legal guidance on a potential medical malpractice claim, you need to know the truth about this type of personal injury claim. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about medical malpractice.

    • Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is expensive. This is probably the most frequent reason that people give for not pursuing their legal rights, and it’s a shame because most malpractice attorneys won’t charge their clients a dime out of pocket. These lawyers work on a contingency basis that provides their compensation from what they win on your behalf. If there is no recovery, there is nothing out of pocket for you… they take a percentage of your settlement or jury award, but only if you win.
    • If you file a medical malpractice lawsuit against your doctor, it will bankrupt them. Most people feel a bond with their physicians and don’t want to cause them financial pain, but doctors carry malpractice insurance, and that is where settlements and jury awards are paid from.
    • Medical malpractice attorneys are ambulance chasers who will waste your time and pursue a case even if it is unwinnable. The truth is that attorneys that specialize in medical malpractice have a deep respect for the law and the specific factors required to win a malpractice case. They also understand the value of a case rests on whether there has been significant damage, though the amount of time that is spent on a low-value case is the same as that of a high value one. A medical malpractice attorney will only take a case that they have a good chance of winning and that represents a good value for both themselves and their client.

    If you have been injured or suffered a loss as a result of a medical professional failing to provide the appropriate level of care, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office to discuss what happened and we will give you an honest and open assessment of your case.

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