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Steps of a Medical Malpractice Case in Philadelphia

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Apr 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Realizing that you have been injured by a doctor's medical malpractice can be extremely overwhelming. This is especially true if you aren't familiar with the steps of a medical malpractice case. If you believe that you may be a victim of a doctor's negligence in Philadelphia, the team of attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are here to help.

Steps of a Medical Malpractice Case

The first step of any potential medical malpractice case is to seek immediate medical attention for the injuries that you have sustained. Your health is the number one concern—once you have received medical treatment for your illness or injury, you can begin the process of starting a medical malpractice claim.

Retain a Medical Malpractice Attorney ASAP

Once you have received the medical care that you need to treat or stabilize your injuries, it's critical to seek out an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Time isn't unlimited to file a claim—in the state of Pennsylvania, a victim of medical malpractice only has two years from the date of the medical provider's negligence to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although this may seem like a long time, it's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible, as creating a strong medical malpractice case can take quite a bit of time.

Collect Your Medical Records

Once you have retained the services of a medical malpractice attorney, your attorney will begin the process of gathering the necessary evidence to prove your claim. This begins with your medical records. This process can be very time-consuming, as your medical records can be hundreds or even thousands of pages long.

Investigate Your Claim and Prepare Your Case

After obtaining your medical records, your attorney can dive into the investigation of your claim. During this stage, a staff physician will analyze your medical records and determine what went wrong and the cause of your injuries. The results of this investigation will determine whether you have a strong claim for medical malpractice against your physician or medical provider. If a claim for medical malpractice exists, your attorney will begin building the framework for your case. 

Engage in Settlement Negotiations

Oftentimes, medical malpractice claims are resolved through settlement negotiations, meaning a case can be resolved without the Plaintiff ever stepping foot into a courtroom for a trial. Your attorney will engage in settlement negotiations to try to obtain a favorable settlement outside of the court. 

Go to Trial 

Although many medical malpractice claims are resolved through a settlement, sometimes the parties cannot reach an agreement during settlement negotiations. If settlement negotiations fail, your attorney will step up to the plate and fight on your behalf in front of a court of law.

Injured Due to Medical Malpractice? We Can Help

If you believe that you have been injured by the negligence of a medical professional in Philadelphia, the team of medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian is standing by to discuss your options. With our legal team by your side, you can rest easy knowing that your case is being handled by a team of attorneys with the experience you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. To speak with a member of our legal team about your injuries, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today. 

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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