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Initial steps for a North Carolina medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice is an all too common occurrence these days in North Carolina. Victims of possible medical malpractice need to know what steps to take to begin a potential case.

The very first step in a medical malpractice case is to contact the doctor or other medical professional who worked on you. He or she might be able to explain what went wrong or what you are experiencing. Make sure you do this prior to filing a claim so it is not thrown out by the court. It is possible that your doctor will be able to remedy the situation without charge to you.

Should contacting your doctor not help the situation, you might want to contact the medical licensing board for their profession. The board likely won't be able to get the doctor to compensate you, but it could issue a warning or discipline to the doctor who worked on you.

The next step is to know the statute of limitations in North Carolina for filing a claim. You will have two years or more from the final act of the defendant, but no more than four years from that date. You have one year from the discovery of a foreign object left in your body up to a maximum of 10 years from discovery.

You need to be medically examined in order to determine the merit of your medical malpractice case. This is best done by a doctor or medical professional not tied to the original doctor. Once you are examined by another doctor, you can file a certificate of merit that says your case can proceed.

Once the claim is filed, do your best to reach a settlement out of court. Medical malpractice cases are some of the most expensive and lengthy cases. Save yourself time, money and frustration by reaching a settlement outside of court.

An experienced personal injury attorney can answer all of your questions surrounding medical malpractice in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Source: Findlaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed Feb. 24, 2017

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