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What are some important steps in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Americans put a great deal of faith and trust in medical professionals at our nation's hospitals, dental offices and other health care facilities. However, it is undeniable that there are far too many instances of medical malpractice in our country. It seems like nearly every day there is a news story about a person's surgery going wrong, a misdiagnosis that cost a family a loved one or some type of hospital negligence that left a patient in a worsened medical condition. At some point, those in Mississippi affected by these mistakes are likely to think: What are some important steps in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

A person's health is priority number one, so anyone who believes they have been affected by medical malpractice will first likely need to contact a medical professional in order to see what can be done to correct the issue. This may involve getting more information from the health care professional who committed the malpractice to begin with.

A next step could be to contact the medical licensing board that oversees the negligent health care professional's credentials. It could be that this latest mistakes is just one in a string of incidents or, even if it is the first, the licensing board could still take action that may impact the health care professional's ability to practice.

From a legal standpoint, those who have been affected by medical malpractice will likely need to get an assessment of whether or not their claim is valid. And, like most legal issues, there will undoubtedly be a timeframe in which a lawsuit must be filed, otherwise any claim may be dismissed.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," Accessed Feb. 26, 2016

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