Call Us Right Away if You Suspect You Were Harmed by a Doctor
Medical malpractice is a significant problem that causes countless patients to suffer serious injuries and illnesses every year. Unfortunately, medical malpractice often goes unaddressed by victims and their families. That’s because they may not realize it happened or they may not think that they can win if they file claims.
If you suspect that you’re a victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. This is important for two reasons. First, most medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date the injury or illness occurred. Second, evidence is crucial for building successful medical malpractice claims, and it can quickly disappear just weeks after patients have been harmed by their doctors.
In addition, waiting a long time to file a medical malpractice claim can give the hospital and their insurer plenty of time to mount their defense against the lawsuit—especially when they know that medical malpractice occurred. By acting quickly, you and your lawyer can have the upper hand when it’s time to negotiate a settlement.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we make it easy for victims of medical malpractice to get the legal representation they deserve right away after malpractice occurs. We’re available to take calls 24/7, and there’s no charge for our consultations or our services unless we get money for you. Contact our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers today and tell us what happened to you or your loved one.
How Do You Know if You’re a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
You trust your doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare provider to do everything possible to improve your health or, at the very least, avoid harming you. But sadly, millions of patients are harmed by healthcare providers annually, and more than 250,000 patients die as a result of providers’ mistakes.
Medical malpractice is far more common than many people think, but because it’s difficult to prove, countless cases go unreported and uncompensated. Because of the difficulty of getting compensation—not to mention the reluctance to sue their own doctors—many patients forgo filing claims. In other cases, patients are unaware or unsure if they’ve been harmed.
If you or someone you love suffered a poor outcome after medical treatment, there’s a chance you’re a victim of medical malpractice. Having an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer on your side can help you determine if medical malpractice occurred and how much money you may be eligible to receive for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re always available to listen to injured victims’ stories. We offer free consultations, which means there’s no risk or obligation to hire if you tell us what happened.
We have years of experience handling medical malpractice claims, and we want to help you get maximum compensation if a healthcare provider’s negligence harmed you or someone you love. Contact us today to get in touch with our experienced team.
How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Virginia?
Although some instances of medical malpractice are immediately obvious, not all of them are. For example, many patients who were harmed because of a negligent doctor or surgeon may think that their poor outcomes are simply down to bad luck or their conditions being worse than they initially believed.
In fact, many providers support this belief. That can mean victims go months or even years without realizing they were harmed by medical malpractice. Unfortunately, that can also mean that some victims are unable to pursue compensation via medical malpractice cases due to the state’s two-year statute of limitations on these claims.
However, while the law states that the statute of limitations begins when the malpractice-related injury or illness occurred, the clock may not start until it is discovered or diagnosed. That means that if a patient is told for months or even years that their health problems are expected or due to something else instead of malpractice, they may still be eligible to file a claim even if the malpractice occurred more than two years prior.
Unfortunately, healthcare facilities, hospitals, and insurers don’t always see it that way. They may tell patients that they can’t sue because the statute of limitations has expired, or they may simply deny that malpractice occurred in the first place. Their uncooperativeness can make it difficult for victims to get the compensation they need during such a difficult time.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers can help you or your loved one get the money you need after a healthcare provider’s negligence harmed you. Contact us today for a free consultation.