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Medical Malpractice and Your Privacy

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 10th, 2010

One of the most intimidating things about filing a medical malpractice claim is having your medical information dragged out in public. Fortunately, this isn’t as bad as you may think. Your lawyer can be trusted with all of your medical information as much as any doctor can. If you go in for a consultation and you don’t end up having a case, the lawyer will not divulge your information to anyone, ever. There’s no reason to let embarrassment or fears that your information will be outside your control stop you from filing a claim that could net you damages for your pain and suffering.

Medical malpractice affects thousands of people every year. Sometimes it’s a bad diagnosis that leads to the wrong treatments being prescribed. In other cases, a doctor may simply neglect all of their patient’s needs, resulting in a condition worsening when it shouldn’t have. In any case, medical negligence, at best, is expensive. At worst, it can be lethal. There are specific laws that apply to how doctors conduct their business. They are held to very high standards, as is necessary given what they do for a living. A doctor does have a legal duty to you when they accept you as a patient.

When a doctor fails in that duty, there are legal recourses. This is the work that a medical malpractice law firm specializes in. These firms have lawyers who are experienced with these cases. They not only understand the laws as it applies to doctors, but how medical malpractice affects patients and the sensitivity of the issues oftentimes involved. They’re experienced with all different types of medical malpractice cases, so there’s no need to worry about working with them on any medical issue. The confidentiality of the relationships between attorneys and their clients is one of the most respected relationships in society.

If you’re worried about cost, a good medical malpractice law firm will often take your case for no costs upfront. Most often, you can meet with the lawyers and discuss the case for no charge at all. This is worth it, even if you’re not sure if you have a case or not. An attorney can usually tell you whether it’s worth it to proceed with your case. If so, there is a chance that you may win a jury award or be paid a settlement for your pain and suffering.