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Do You Have a Good Iowa Medical Malpractice Case?

Posted By Farl Greene - 08.17.16

If you were injured or otherwise harmed by a medical professional in Iowa, you may believe that you have a good medical malpractice lawsuit.  However, although actual medical malpractice is fairly common, medical malpractice lawsuits are not.   It takes a specific set of conditions for most attorneys to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

There are many reasons for this, but one of the main reasons is because medical malpractice cases are expensive cases to try.  Attorneys aren’t allowed to claim a doctor or a nurse made an error – only other medical professionals can do that.  Medical malpractice attorneys have to hire experts to give their medical opinion on the case.  Medical professionals require a fee to offer their medical opinion on each case they review.

Local Medical Professionals May Stick Up For Each Other

Most doctors and nurses don’t like to say that their colleagues did something wrong.  Pointing out that their co-worker at another health care provider made a huge medical error under oath, and then continuing to work with them, can be extremely difficult for most people.  That is why attorneys often have to get expert medical professionals from different cities or even states to testify that medical malpractice occurred.  These expert medical professionals have to spend time reviewing medical records, preparing a report, and testifying in a deposition or at trial, which adds to the costs of the case.

Medical Malpractice Cases Pose Risks

If you factor in attorneys’ fees once your case has been won, and a significant amount left over for you for your pain and suffering, and you can see how costly a case can be.  If a case is lost, most times you will not owe us anything.  RSH Legal works on a “contingency fee” basis, which means that if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.  As you can see, it can be a risk not only for you to pursue a medical malpractice case, but a risk for us as well.

Because of this, we only take the most serious medical malpractice cases.  We agree that doctors shouldn’t get away with bad medical care.  Unfortunately, the way the Iowa malpractice system is set up now, only the most serious of cases are worth a lawsuit. If you have been seriously and permanently harmed, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be your only way to get justice for your harms and losses.  Cases that don’t have a possibility to recover a significant amount of money are not worth the financial risk involved.

When Is A Medical Malpractice Case Worth Fighting?

We typically agree to investigate cases only if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. A patient dies or suffers permanent injury during or shortly after treatment;
  2. There is evidence of a preventable medical error;
  3. There is a lack of other likely causes for the patient’s death or permanent injury.

It can be difficult to satisfy all three of these requirements, which is why we must turn down many potential medical malpractice cases each year.  We want to make sure that we can provide personal service to the people who need it the most.

If you have further questions about your medical malpractice case, call us at 1-800-433-0283 today and speak with an experienced attorney.  They will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have.

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