Medical Malpractice FAQ
Helping Roanoke Malpractice Victims in Central and South Virginia
1. What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a type of negligence that occurs when a medical provider’s conduct falls below an acceptable level of professional care, and his or her actions result in harm to a patient.
2. What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Virginia?
The limitation period is generally two years from the date of the medical negligence to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Virginia. However, this can vary depending on the facts of your case, so it’s best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to determine whether or not you have a medical malpractice claim. There also may be deadlines within which to file the required legal notice of a claim if a government owned facility or government employee is involved.
If you’ve been injured while under the care of a medical provider, the Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm want to help. Contact our legal staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week—call (800) 477-5480 or complete our free initial consultation form today.
3. What should I do if I think I have a medical malpractice claim?
If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical provider’s error:
- Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Report your medical issues to your doctor and consider seeking treatment at another medical facility. A different physician may be able to provide a valuable second opinion about your condition and treat your medical problem so you can get as well as possible.
- Get Your Medical Records
Ask for a complete copy of your medical chart from the facility where you believe the malpractice occurred. Obtaining these records quickly can help ensure that nothing is omitted or changed.
- Record What You Know
Write down names of the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers who provided medical treatment or advice. Keep instructions and documents that were given to you regarding your treatment, and take photographs of any visible signs of injury.
- Contact an Experienced Attorney
Time is of the essence when proving a medical negligence case. Contact Skolrood Law Firm to ensure we have time to collect valuable evidence to help protect your legal rights to compensation.
4. If I signed a consent form, can I still recover damages?
Depending on the facts of your case, you are most likely able to collect damages for medical negligence even if you signed a consent form. Our experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers can evaluate the facts of your case and help you understand the legal options available to you.
5. Why do I need a medical malpractice lawyer?
Doctors and hospitals often have powerful legal teams fighting on their side. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a medical provider, you deserve someone with knowledge of medical malpractice law fighting for you.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ll work hard to build a strong claim on your behalf so you can focus on getting better. Skolrood Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience helping injured people in Virginia, and we want to help you, too. Contact our legal staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week—call (800) 477-5480 or complete our free initial consultation form today.