Written by attorney Jeffrey H. Rasansky

When Should You File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Doctors are among the most difficult professionals in the world to question. When it comes down to it, most people simply do not have enough knowledge to determine whether a doctor is doing their job well or not. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to situations where someone who is the victim of medical negligence ends up not filing a lawsuit and facing all of the costs that that negligence brought on without any help at all.

When to Think About It

There are some things that doctors frequently do that are rude, annoying and unpleasant but that are not actually malpractice. Doctors, for instance, are under no particular obligation to be nice people. They are, however, under an obligation to provide you with competent care. Negligence becomes an issue when the doctor doesn't perform as they could have been reasonably expected to perform and when, because of that, somebody ends up being injured. If the doctor's performance did not live up to the established standards of professionalism and competence, you may have a claim on your hands.

Is It Difficult?

Suing somebody for malpractice is, indeed, a very difficult process. You will need to make certain that you hire an attorney who has a lot of experience dealing with these claims. Medical malpractice law is complex and the attorney will have to understand how to establish that there was negligence on the part of the doctor.

Remember that there are many different reasons that people actually go ahead and sue for medical malpractice. Being given the wrong treatments, being given treatments that should've never been ordered and being misdiagnosed are all reasons that people file lawsuits alleging medical negligence on the part of their healthcare provider. Paramedics and nurses can also be sued for medical negligence, though you will usually be suing their employer rather than the individual directly.

Hiring an Attorney

Make sure you hire malpractice lawyers who have a great deal of experience. A Dallas medical malpractice lawyer needs to understand the specifics of the law as it relates to your claim and needs to be able to determine a realistic amount to sue for. Texas has complex medical malpractice laws and, without a great deal of experience working in the field, a lawyer is that a significant disadvantage when they are trying to establish that medical negligence played a part in their client's suffering.

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