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What are the first steps to take in a medical malpractice case?

It is an unfortunate reality that hundreds of Illinois residents will be victims of medical malpractice incidents each year. These medical patients go to the doctor's office or hospital expecting to receive the best of care, only to see their condition or injury worsened by a healthcare professional's negligent or reckless conduct. When this occurs, a medical malpractice lawsuit might be necessary. So, what are the first steps that Illinois residents need to take in a medical malpractice case?

The initial step may seem counterintuitive to those who have been injured or whose illness has been made worse by a doctor or other healthcare professional - contact that individual, or the facility where that individual is employed. Why do this? Well, it is important to try to get an explanation for what went wrong, and how things went wrong. How does that individual explain the issue? What options might there be for correcting the issue?

Next, medical malpractice victims need to know that there are important deadlines that will likely apply to their situation. Any lawsuit that might need to be filed will need to be filed within a certain timeframe. These individuals will also need to know how and when to contact a medical licensing board that will be responsible for the healthcare professional's accreditation.

Lastly, medical malpractice victims will need to have the potential merits of the legal case analyzed to make sure there is a valid claim to be made. Legal professionals who are familiar with medical malpractice law may be able to help victims understand their legal options, and help them determine whether or not to push the case to trial or attempt to reach a settlement.

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