Step 1: Everyone Is Unique
Everyone is unique in response to their injuries and impairments. If you have been drawn here, you are probably in the throes of one of the most important decisions you may make—who do I choose to help me through a tragedy?
As you explore this decision, and our particular suitability to be of service to you and your family, it appears essential that you first spend time quietly assessing your plight, including your needs, desires, fears, and apprehensions. Write them down, and think of the qualities you will require of your personal legal counsel. To better assist you with this, we suggest you consider the following:
What will be the results of a loved one’s death, crippling injuries, or life of pain?
How will you respond to the physical, emotional, and financial injuries/effects of this tragedy?
The effects are unique to each of us, but too often threaten permanent impairments to the pursuits of normal life, as well as financial ruin. Great care should be given to choose not only highly competent legal representation, but also to ensure that your attorney and “counselor a law” will be sensitive, insightful, and passionately responsive to your individual needs. Here are some questions to think about:
- Does the lawyer have the experience, resolve, and results which make me feel secure?
- Does the attorney take time to speak with my family and I about our unique and varied needs, and address each of those needs with the kind of sensitivity that makes me feel he understands me?
- Has the lawyer provided me with a detailed explanation of what I can expect through the investigation and claims process, and through litigation and trial?
We have been and remain compelled to insightful, sensitive, and compassionate responses to our clients’ uniquely personal needs and fears, as well as to the panoply of physical, emotional, and financial impairments.
Step 2: Understanding a Medical Malpractice Claim
The most important thing you should know about a medical malpractice claim is that they can take a great deal of time, effort, and expense to investigate and prosecute. However, this doesn’t make it impossible.
In our 30 plus years of experience, we have successfully investigated and prosecuted many medical malpractice claims to provide our clients with needed answers and compensation for life-altering injuries and for the deaths of their loved ones. We carefully and compassionately work with our clients to confront the profound injuries, disabilities, impairments, and emotional and financial fallout brought about by the serious injury or death of a loved one.
You Are Owed a Standard of Care. Healthcare providers, like other professionals, are required to utilize the degree of care and skill which should be expected of a reasonable practitioner under the same or similar circumstances. This is known as the “standard of care”. A medical malpractice claim arises when a healthcare professional violates that standard of care which results in injury to the patient. Medical Malpractice claims fall into two general categories: Active Conduct and a Failure to Act.
We know bad results can and do happen, despite the medical provider’s best intentions and reasonable care. However, landmark studies by the National Institute of Health and other reliable sources have shown that more than 100,000 people die every year from preventable medical malpractice.
A recent report in Health Affairs also noted that 1 out of every 3 Americans admitted to a hospital will experience some sort of medical error. Due to the present mindset conditioned into a large segment of the medical profession, patients and their families are rarely advised of medical errors, despite the duty of medical providers to promptly report instances of malpractice. In reality, it is very rare that medical records indicate any acknowledgement of medical malpractice. This is another reason why these cases take a great deal of time, effort, and expense to investigate
Step 3: Own Your Injury and Keep a Journal
Suffering from an injury or watching another loved one suffer from an injury can be a heart wrenching and traumatic experience. Recognizing this difficulty and the natural tendency for many people to avoid in depth focus on the details of injuries and treatment plans, we believe it is critical for you to first OWN YOUR INJURY. Indeed, your responses to physical injury and the emotional, psychological, and/or financial fallout require personal attention by your legal counsel.
To help us, we find that this process will become easier and flow more naturally if you are able to focus on and understand your injuries and the appropriate treatment plan. One of our jobs is to help you to do that and to understand the unique implications for you and your family.
We will most likely ask you to prepare a journal or diary. This work does not need to be grammatically correct or a polished prose, but is simply to capture the effects and impacts of your injuries in a manner that will serve your physical, financial, emotional and/or psychological health. We will work with you individually to determine what this diary/journal needs to contain, how it will help your recovery in all of these aspects, and how preparation of the journal/diary will likely itself be therapeutic.
Step 4: Be Smart!
“Everything you say can and will be used against you!” Even if you are uncertain about whether you will file a claim for compensation, you need to be careful with whom you speak to about the incident and what you say, whether its with friends, employers, medical providers, or even insurance agents.
It is smart to avoid any discussion with insurance companies or strangers until you have consulted with your legal counsel. Insurance representatives are well aware of your inexperience in evaluating injury claims and they may attempt to exploit this by saying they “will take care of everything” without a lawyer. Please remember, insurance companies are in the business to save, not spend money. Their interests are separate from yours and owe their own financial obligations by means of saving every penny when paying out claims.
Step 5: Contact Us Today!
We will assist you in handling your related medical bills, securing insurance approval for medical treatment plans, collecting and processing the sundry bills, keeping bill collectors off your back, and learning many ways to address the challenges of managed healthcare, and develop plans and procedures to deal with the many challenges imposed by disability/impairment from serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious motor vehicle injury, please contact us today to consult with our experienced attorneys, WITHOUT CHARGE, to review your case.
As with any legal matter, there are specific deadlines and time limitations, known as Statute(s) of Limitation. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.