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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 19, 2014

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a term used to define incidents where a health-care provider fails to deliver the recognized ‘standard of care’ during patient treatment. Standard of care refers specifically to the level of care administered, malpractice essentially amounting to negligence. Medical malpractice can result in life-altering health consequences or death.

How is medical malpractice identified?

A person may issue a malpractice claim if a health-care provider’s negligence causes injury or damage to the patient having received treatment. While it’s entirely possible for a health-care provider to admit mistake to avoid a malpractice lawsuit, many incidents go unreported until serious consequences arise. If you believe yourself or a family member to be a victim of medical negligence, it’s important for you to take action immediately.

Does medical malpractice go unreported?

Some patients elect not to pursue any legal discourse for a variety of reasons. Some patients believe their regular doctors will no longer treat them in the future – some even fear their medical care costs will increase. Perhaps the most common reason to avoid action however is the cost of litigation.

What is my first step if I suspect malpractice?

If you genuinely suspect you’re a victim of malpractice, contacting an experienced attorney is your first step. The attorney will often review your case and give consultation without any charge – if they believe medical malpractice is present, they’ll offer to represent you in a court of law.

How long do I have to file a malpractice lawsuit?

The statutes of limitation, the amount of time in which legal action can be taken, will vary from one state to another. If the negligence took place in Arizona, an attorney can easily consult with you and outline a timetable for you to take legal action. Due to legal loopholes like the statute of limitations, it’s essential to take action immediately when you suspect medical malpractice.