What Is – And Is Not – Medical Malpractice In Cedar Rapids
“Medical malpractice” is a term used to describe a situation where some healthcare provider – for example, a doctor or a nurse – makes a medical error that results in permanent injury or death to a patient.
Malpractice can happen during any stage of medical treatment and isn’t just limited to medical doctors and staff. Dentists and chiropractors can also commit medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can also come in many shapes and sizes – a missed diagnosis, an improper technique, a “botched” procedure, or a delay in treatment can all be considered types of malpractice.
There are also a variety of things that are NOT viable medical malpractice cases. Bad bedside manner, medical problems that “might” happen in the future, and unsuccessful medical procedures that did not result in permanent injury or disability are not medical malpractice cases our office will take on.
Unfortunately, we cannot help every medical malpractice victim that contacts us. We devote our practices to the Iowa malpractice victims who need help the most.
If you have been seriously injured or your loved one has died because of a medical error in Cedar Rapids, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney. RSH Legal medical malpractice lawyers offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. Schedule yours by calling us at 1-800-433-0283.
Why Cedar Rapids Medical Malpractice Cases Are So Rare (It Is Because They Are Expensive To Pursue!)
Medical malpractice cases are expensive to take to trial. This is because to prove that a Cedar Rapids doctor committed malpractice, an injured patient must show that what the doctor did was different than what an average doctor with the same training and experience would have done. It’s called practicing below the “standard of care.”
Only another doctor who works in the same area of medicine and has the same amount of experience can say if an error qualifies as malpractice according to Iowa law. To find out if malpractice occurred, a Cedar Rapids medical malpractice lawyer must gather the pertinent medical records, then have those records evaluated by an expert doctor or medical professional that has the same experience as the one who hurt you.
As you might imagine, ordering these records and paying an expert to review them can be very expensive. It’s likely your medical records are extensive and analyzing them can take hours and cost thousands of dollars. Sometimes malpractice cases can even require multiple experts, which can drive the cost up even more.
To investigate a medical malpractice case and prepare it for trial, it can easily cost between $75,000-$100,000, or even more. These costs do not include attorney fees. Therefore, a successful Cedar Rapids medical malpractice claim must have a likely value large enough to pay investigation fees, attorney fees, and leave enough for the injured patient to receive a significant amount.
To know whether it makes economic sense for you to file a lawsuit, you should contact an experienced Cedar Rapids medical malpractice lawyer. Only an attorney with the skill and knowledge to handle medical malpractice claims can make the determination if it makes financial sense to file your case.
If you want a free case evaluation, we’re here to help. Contact the skilled medical malpractice lawyers at RSH Legal by calling 1-800-433-0283.
You Only Have A Limited Amount Of Time To File A Cedar Rapids Medical Malpractice Case
In Cedar Rapids, injured patients or their families only have a set amount of time to investigate medical malpractice and act – whether this means settling your claim or filing a lawsuit.
If you wait too long to either settle or file a lawsuit, you can lose out on the right to be compensated for your harms and losses.
In general, you have two years from the date of the injury or death to settle or file your case. It is known as the statute of limitations. There are some limited exceptions to this statute – if the injured patient was a child, you may have more time.
Has it been longer than two years since you were injured? Whether an exception to the 2-year time limit applies to your case can only be answered by an experienced legal team who knows the facts of your case.
It’s never a bad idea to contact a skilled medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you believe malpractice has occurred. Although you have two years before you must file, it can take months to get all your medical records reviewed by the appropriate doctor or other medical experts.
If you have been seriously and permanently injured or a loved one has died because of medical error, the time to call us is now. Dial 1-800-433-0283 today.
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