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These are the initial steps in a medical malpractice case

When people are injured or harmed as the result of poor medical treatment, they may be in position to move forward with a medical malpractice case. While nobody wants to find themselves in this position, it is good to know that you can take action if the time comes.

Of course, there is nothing simple about a medical malpractice claim. There is a lot that goes into this, including detailed steps that must be taken.

Here are the initial steps in a medical malpractice case:

-- Contact the medical professional before you file a claim. Your goal in doing so is to get a better idea of what happened and if there is a remedy.

-- Contact the right medical licensing board. This is a step to take if you are unsatisfied with what you hear from your medical professional.

-- Know your rights, including how long you have to file a claim. There are statues of limitations in place, so make sure you take this into consideration. If you wait too long to file a claim, you may lose your ability to do so.

-- Receive a medical assessment. This goes a long way in helping you determine if your case has merit.

-- Settle out of court. Most medical malpractice cases are settled before they reach a jury, so you should consider the benefits of this.

Since no two medical malpractice cases are the same, you may be surprised at some of the steps you need to take. Even so, when you know the basics, you are in position to move forward.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed March 29, 2016

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