A patient dies following routine elective surgery. A child is very ill when born and is later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Many immediately assume the doctor was at fault while some believe it was just meant to be. As medical malpractice attorneys know not every bad result is preventable. On the other hand, many are. The difficulty, of course, is finding out what happened and why.
How do you begin? Start by asking questions. If the answers don't make sense or if you have other suspicions, then you should seek another professional's opinion, preferably a lawyer whose practice is devoted to medical malpractice cases.
Lawyers can obtain and evaluate medical records, and following research and consultation, give an opinion on whether the bad result should have been avoided. Malpractice lawyers should have access to many physicians in various medical specialties who are able consult and who can be depended upon to provide reliable information in connection with the evaluation and management of cases.
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Medline Plus - medical information, a service of the U.S. National Library Of Medicine.