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What steps should I take before a medical malpractice claim?

When you have been the victim of medical malpractice, your first thought probably leans toward learning what you can do to stop or minimize the effects of the medical malpractice. That is a great idea, but there are other steps you should take after you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania.

How do I determine if my case is valid?

Getting a medical assessment is one way that you can determine if your case is valid. Pennsylvania is one of the states that requires a certificate of merit when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, so you will have to have an assessment anyway before you can proceed.

Should I let the medical professional know about the problem?

In most cases, you should let the medical professional know about the malpractice. Of course, there are exceptions to this so seeking out advice prior to contacting the medical professional is a good idea. Contacting the medical professional gives you a chance to understand what happened and if there are any steps you can take to remedy the problem. You should also contact the licensing board that covers the medical professional to file a complaint.

How long can I think about filing for compensation?

In Pennsylvania, you have two years to file a medical malpractice claim, according to FindLaw. The issue here is that the time might start from the date of the act of malpractice or it could start from the day you discovered the problem. This is one of those questions that requires some insight as to how the law will interpret your case.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case" Oct. 02, 2014

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