Many of us visit healthcare facilities to get proper medical diagnosis and treatment. But sometimes healthcare professionals make mistakes that can result in further injury, this is called medical malpractice. The United States law protects you from medical malpractice and gives you the right to file a complaint to claim compensation for you injuries. Any act that a healthcare provided that is below the acceptable medical standards can be deemed as malpractice.
You have the right to take legal action against any professional that is treating you. This includes doctors, nurses and any other hospital staff. If you feel that the entire facility is responsible for your injuries, you may file a lawsuit against the hospital. There have been cases in which patients have felt that their injuries were sustained because the hospital was understaffed.
Even though you may file for compensation, there is a specific time period beyond which medical malpractice claims are not entertained. This is the prescriptive period and you must file a complaint within this time period. After the case has been registered, it is important to prove two important factors. The prosecution must prove that the healthcare professional or facility had a duty towards the patient to meet a specific medical standard, which was not met. It is difficult to receive any compensation without proving that the injuries were caused due to negligence.
If you feel you are a victim of medical malpractice, it is advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney will go through your claims and assist you in filing a complaint.