Have you experienced an injury due to healthcare negligence?
A strong, safe and well-functioning healthcare system is crucial to your well-being, and ours. No one wants to think about filing a lawsuit against their doctor, nurse, hospital or healthcare provider. But injuries or death can result from medical negligence or the failure to provide medical care that meets the required standard of care for the patient.
Medical negligence is a leading cause of patient injury and/or death. These cases are complex and always require medical experts to prove medically inappropriate treatment resulting in injury or death.
Early analysis of your potential case is crucial to our evaluation of most medical negligence cases. We use a team of medical consultants, within multiple specialties, to analyze the treatment of the client and provide opinions as to the standard of care for proper treatment. Our experts have impeccable medical credentials and years of experience practicing in the exact same field of medicine practiced on you by a potential defendant.
If you believe your healthcare provider has caused you or a loved one to be injured, please call us to evaluate your potential case.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS
SHOULD I DISCUSS A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE WITH MY MEDICAL PROVIDER?
Because you are most likely still under the care of your medical provider, it’s important that you continue to communicate with your medical provider to ensure your best outcome for your health. However, do not be confrontational with your healthcare provider although you may be upset with a particular outcome that did not meet your expectations or which may have fallen below the standard of care for treatment.
Make notes, and record information if possible in your interactions with your healthcare providers.
HOW DO I PROVE MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
Under Alabama law, all medical malpractice cases must be filed under the Alabama Medical Liability Act. This is a set of statutes that define the parameters and requirements of a medical negligence lawsuit.
You must prove that the healthcare provider failed to treat you within the applicable “standard of care” for their medical specialty.
WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE
Generally speaking, under the Alabama Medical Liability Act, the statute of limitations runs two years from the date of the injury you sustained through medical negligence. However, there are two exceptions to the general rule.
First, if your injury was not discoverable at the time of the medical act which you contend was negligent, your statute of limitations can be extended for a limited period of time. Second, if the injured person is a minor, the statute is extended under the guidelines of the AMLA.
AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE EXPERTS?
The AMLA requires that in almost every situation a plaintiff must have an expert with the same qualifications as the healthcare provider being sued. In other words, if you are injured by a doctor who is Board Certified in a particular field of medicine, your expert must possess the same credentials. Also, your expert must have practiced medicine in the particular field involved in your case during the year that your injury occurred.
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