Medical negligence, or malpractice, is a very serious issue. Sure, people make mistakes, but qualified medical professionals are, and should be, held to a higher standard of care.
If you or someone in your family has been harmed because of a doctor’s careless mistake, it’s well within your rights to see if you need help from a lawyer.
Why Do I Need a Specialized Malpractice Lawyer?
Across the board, you will find recommendations to hire a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice. Why? Because cases involving medical malpractice, or medical negligence, are often extremely difficult. These cases demand specialized knowledge by the attorney and testimony from expensive medical experts. In addition, the medical provider usually wins 3 out of 4 cases that go to trial.
So if you believe that you have been injured by a professional’s medical negligence, then you need to make sure that you have hired an attorney that has all of these characteristics:
- Specialized knowledge and experience in dealing with complex medical issues;
- Access to medical experts;
- The funds to hire these medical experts;
- The ability to fund a case all the way to trial;
- The ability to try the case if it does not settle.
So you see, not just any personal injury attorney can handle a medical negligence or malpractice case.
Paul Thomson: Specializing in Medical Malpractice Cases
I know how crippling medical malpractice injuries can be. As an attorney who has specialized in medical malpractice cases since 1995, I have worked with many victims just like you who have suffered needlessly. I’ve handled malpractice actions against the negligent conduct of doctors, nurses and hospitals.
You need a lawyer with the experience, financial ability and determination necessary to see your case through from beginning to end. I’m proud of my reputation among my clients for meeting these qualifications. If you want to know if you have a viable case, I can help you make the decision with how to move forward.
My goal is to help you get justice and compensation for what’s happened. To know what your next step should be, call my office at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353. As always, there is no charge, and no obligation required.
Virginia Medical Malpractice Laws: Important Items You Need to Know
The number one crippler in medical malpractice cases, before anything starts, is missing the statute of limitation. In Virginia, your lawsuit must be filed within two years of the alleged negligence by the medical provider. In some cases, if you continue treatment with the physician or medical provider, the statute of limitation is tolled until that continuous and uninterrupted treatment ends.
This should be a last resort though – you always want to file suit within two years of the alleged negligence.
In cases of death, called wrongful death actions, the lawsuit must be brought within two years of the death. In cases where a foreign object has been left in the body (such as a surgical sponge or surgical instrument) the statute is extended to one year from the date that the object was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. However, this extension is subject to a ten year limit from the time the cause of action accrued.
Adding to this complicated process is the medical malpractice cap, as well as the required certification of medical negligence actions, before the lawsuit is served.
Think You Have a Case? Ask Your Attorney The Following Questions:
If you or a loved one think you have been the victim of medical negligence, it’s important you’re armed with the right information from attorneys you interview. Here are the basic questions you should ask:
- When does my statute of limitations expire?
- How many medical negligence cases have you and your firm been involved in?
- How many cases have you and your firm taken to trial?
- How does your case review process work?
- How long will you take to review my case?
- If my case needs an expert review who pays for that?
- Who will be the defendants in the case?
- Do you have a conflict in suing any of these parties?
If you want to talk about your case with an experienced with a Medical Malpractice Attorney, feel free to call me at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353. There is no pressure or cost. And, I pledge to listen carefully and will be truthful and candid. I look forward to speaking with you.