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What steps are involved in pursuing a medical malpractice claim?

Typically, the first step in pursuing a medical malpractice claim occurs when you suspect that you or someone you know is the victim of medical malpractice. Although not every bad medical result is due to medical malpractice, if you suspect or have a feeling that something was wrong with the medical services, you should consult a qualified attorney. The attorney will review your case to determine whether there is still time under the applicable statute of limitations to pursue a claim, and whether the type of injury you suffered as a result of the treatment, and the conduct on the part of the health provider, rise to the level of a medical malpractice claim. This process can at times be lengthy since it may require review of your medical records, and consultation with physicians and other health care professionals to assist in determining whether the actions of your health care providers fell below accepted medical standards.

If the facts of the case support a medical malpractice case, it may be appropriate to file the claim in court and commence a lawsuit. This is due to the fact that medical malpractice claims rarely settle unless filed in court, and even then, many of the claims that are filed in court go to trial. Once the case is filed in court, there are a number of steps that typically take place in order for both sides to properly develop the merits of their case. These steps include the exchange of documents and of answers to written questions, and depositions. You may also be required to undergo further physical examinations and testing. Once these and other steps are completed, the case is assigned a trial date by the court. All cases should be prepared as though the case will need to go to trial. Then, if the case does not settle, you and your attorney will be in the best position possible to try the case.

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