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What are the first steps to take in a medical malpractice case?

Things can absolutely take a turn for the worse in hospitals in Illinois, meaning that people do not get the care that they expect -- or that they deserve. This could be caused by deliberate action that is taken by a doctor, though such instances are rare. In many cases, the real problem is negligence. This is when the medical staff simply fails to provide proper care, and the patient is injured as a result.

When something like this happens, it is very important for those who have been impacted by the incident to know what first steps to take if they want to pursue a medical malpractice case. These steps should also be known by the family of the patient if the person tragically passed away.

Some of the basic steps that need to be used are as follows:

-- You can start by contacting the doctor or any other medical worker who you think will be the subject of the case. You can try to learn more about what occurred and possible solutions.

- If the first step does not work as easily as it should, an alternative is to go to the Medical Licensing Board.

- After that, you should determine how much time you legally have to get your claim in. You do not want to miss out because you waited too long to file.

- Furthermore, you may want to have the case examined by another professional. They will do an assessment and determine if there is merit to your claims.

- Finally, you can begin working with a professional attorney or a legal team.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case" Sep. 24, 2014

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