In our previous blog posts, we walked you through a few potential signs that would lead to a medical malpractice case if you suffered from preeclampsia. Today, we want to talk about the steps that will happen should you move forward with a medical malpractice case.
Should you move forward with a medical malpractice case, there are a lot of pieces to consider. We know this can be a challenging decision for you and your family, but we want to help guide you through the process.
1) Pick a lawyer.
The first step, if you feel you have a case of medical malpractice related to your preeclampsia, is to consult with a lawyer, or perhaps even a few. Some lawyers may end up having conflicts of interest that will render them unable to take on your case; this is normal and not a sign that your case is not valid. Every lawyer wants to do the best possible job for you, especially with a case as sensitive as one related to a birth injury or lifelong injury caused by medical malpractice.
A good lawyer will act as your guide as you move throughout the process of a preeclampsia medical malpractice case. They'll keep you up-to-date on everything, help you put together all the information necessary, and answer any questions you have throughout the process.
2) Review of medical records.
At this point, your lawyer will ask for all your medical records so they can comb through them and determine what happened throughout your treatment and pinpoint what went wrong, alongside your description of events. This will also give your lawyer a better understanding of what happened and how they can help you in your case.
3) Consult medical experts.
Once your medical records have been gathered and reviewed, your lawyer will consult and hire a medical expert to gather testimony related to what treatment caused the injury and how this constitutes malpractice.
Many personal injury lawsuits never go to trial. At this point, your lawyer will meet with representatives from the hospital or doctor's office to negotiate a potential settlement. They will discuss the terms of a settlement with you prior to this happening, so that you can be aware of what is going on and what this means for your case.
5) Lawsuit Filed
If negotiation does not lead to settling between parties, your lawyer will officially file a lawsuit. There are many steps that happen after this and your lawyer will be there to guide you through them and understand what is going on.
If you have questions about potentially moving forward on a medical malpractice case, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about the process and moving forward. We want to help you and your family during this difficult time.