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1) Medical Malpractice Claim Timeline
Many clients wonder about the time limits that apply to cases against hospitals or medical professionals. There are specific time limits, and it’s important to be familiar with the specific time limits, as they can vary depending on the situation. For example, if the medical provider is an employee of the state, there are special notice provisions that the lawyer and the individual need to be familiar with as part of the process of filing that claim in a timely fashion. The general rule in Idaho is you have two years from the time when you’ve been harmed until the time when you must file your lawsuit before you lose the right to file the lawsuit, but that’s a very general rule, and there are multiple exceptions depending on the circumstances.
While there’s a two-year statute of limitations that applies to many cases in Idaho, there are a variety of cases that are limited by different specific rules. You need to consult a lawyer that specializes in medical malpractice cases, who understands how those statute of limitations rules apply to your specific case. The bottom line is, consult an experienced professional with experience in medical malpractice cases so they understand the answer to the time limitations that apply to your case. At Hepworth Holzer we understand those issues, and we can give you guidance on those questions.
2) Qualifying a Medical Malpractice Claim
If medical care did not make you better, would you have a medical malpractice case? There is no easy answer to that question, but consider a few general observations. Medical malpractice cases require you to prove that the doctor did something wrong or that the healthcare provider did something wrong that prevented you from making a recovery or that actually caused harm in the course of the care being provided. The simple fact that you didn’t get better as a result of the care provided really is not a very strong indication that you have a medical malpractice case.
Medical malpractice cases are complicated and they require significant injuries in order for them to be cases that lend themselves to the litigation process. There’s no simple answer to the question of whether your failure to recover is the fault of the doctor. The best answer is you need to consult a lawyer who is experienced with medical malpractice cases and they can give you the guidance you need in order to decide whether you have a case worth looking into further or not. If you have questions about medical malpractice cases, please contact the Hepworth Holzer law firm. We’re experienced with those cases and would love to help you.
3) Medical Malpractice Costs
How much does it cost to file a medical malpractice case in Idaho? The filing of the lawsuit is not necessarily particularly expensive, but once you file the lawsuit, then there’s substantial expense. The term filing a lawsuit, typically for a medical malpractice case, means that you have gathered the medical records, submitted the medical records for review to one or more medical experts, made a determination along with your lawyer that it makes sense to proceed with pursuing the medical malpractice case, and have actually filed the lawsuit.
Those initial steps can involve thousands of dollars, but probably those initial steps can be completed for less than $10,000 and in many cases for less than $5,000. Filing a medical malpractice case requires investment of money with medical professionals and with gathering information before you can even file the lawsuit, and that’s just the start. The expense of the process takes off dramatically from there, and most medical malpractice cases involve the investment of tens of thousands of dollars, if not more than a hundred thousand dollars with certain cases.
Because of the costs involved with medical malpractice cases, it’s important to investigate them thoroughly and to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced medical malpractice lawyer so that you’re making a good decision whether to file the case or not. At Hepworth Holzer we have substantial experience with handling medical malpractice cases and we can help you with making a decision of whether it makes sense to start the process of investigating your case or not.
Were you injured due to a doctor’s negligence in Boise and have questions about what you should know about medical malpractice? Contact our experienced Boise Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Hepworth Holzer today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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