Medical malpractice is probably the last thing you were expecting to have to deal with when your loved one went in for a surgery or medical exam. For the most part, doctors and surgeons know what they're doing and provide the best possible care to their patients. Unfortunately, some medical providers are neglectful or distracted, and that can lead to accidents and injuries or even a wrongful death.
Medical malpractice is a serious charge for medical professionals to face, because it's the third leading cause of death in the United States; that means that these mistakes have a major impact on the population. With payouts taking place approximately every 43 minutes, many people are being affected every day.
It's sometimes easy to know if you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice. For instance, if a doctor does apologize to you, then you know that something has gone wrong. Make sure to find out all the details; the doctor may be apologizing to prevent you from wanting to make a claim or in the hopes that you can settle out of court. Sometimes, these settlements will be for much less than you deserve, which is why your attorney should be present during negotiations.
Before you ever accept a settlement, you need to know the full extent of your family member's injuries and how they were affected before death. You also need to know how your loved one's death is going to affect you. It's no good settling only to find out later that you don't have enough for the medical care or lost wages you need to cover. Our website has more information on what to do before you settle, so you can make a good decision for your future.