I know lawyers can be expensive. How does your firm charge?
You pay nothing unless and until we recover money for you. Our fee is a percentage of that recovery.
I have no idea how much money I should ask for or expect. What kind of damages are typically included in a settlement?
A typical medical malpractice claim will include compensation for pain and suffering, payment of past and present medical expenses for treating the injury caused by the malpractice and reimbursement for any past, present or future financial losses that you have incurred as a result of the malpractice.
It’s taken me several months to work up the nerve to do anything about my situation. Am I running out of time to file a lawsuit against my doctor?
“Statutes of limitations” govern the length of time someone has to file a lawsuit. Each State has different statutes of limitations periods that apply to personal injury cases under various circumstances. In some cases, the statute of limitations may be as short as one year, while under different circumstances, it may be eight years or more. Many factors bear upon when the applicable statute of limitations period expires including the age of the plaintiff, the type of personal injury claim, the particular facts giving rise to the injury, and others. One must make absolute certain that they are aware of when their statute of limitations period expires, or risk jeopardizing their legal rights. We can certainly be of assistance in this regard.
Nothing serious has happened to me yet, but I’m beginning to question my doctor’s care. What can I do to prevent malpractice?
The best advice we can give to you is to listen to your body and to your instincts. If your doctor tells you that you’re fine, but you don’t feel fine, make another appointment. As you are listening to your body, educate yourself on what’s happening. Use the library and the Internet to find out about your symptoms and what tests are usually run for them. Have your doctor write everything down for you. If your doctor denies you a particular test or a referral to a specialist, have the doctor explain in writing the reason for the denial.
Have I waived my rights because I signed a consent form?
A consent form does not give the health care provider permission to commit malpractice. While the execution of a typical consent form indicates acknowledgement of certain risks and complications associated with a given treatment or procedure, it does not relieve the health care provider from his or her duty of meeting the standard of care associated with such treatment or procedure.