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Medical mistakes are estimated to kill as many as 98,000 patients every year, and cause serious harm to hundreds of thousands of other patients. These involve misdiagnosis, or failure to timely diagnose and treat medical conditions, surgical errors, nursing mistakes, medication errors, falls from hospital beds, failure to properly monitor labor and delivery, and numerous other medical errors. It is a very complicated field of law requiring the assistance of the the best medical experts that can be found with special knowledge involving a particular case.
The statute of limitations, or time period, within which a malpractice case must be filed are usually extremely short. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
The most important qualification to look for in a medical malpractice attorney is their experience, or "track record": How many malpractice cases have they tried? How many cases have they won? And, what are the verdicts they have obtained?