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Posted on August 13, 2019 by

What to Know Before Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim

Perhaps you have family and friends assuring you that you have a valid medical malpractice case. They're urging you to file a lawsuit, but you're just not sure. This area of the law can be confusing, and these types of cases are hard to win. Let's talk about what's required in order for you to move forward with a case. 

Proving Your Doctor/Patient Relationship

This is probably the easiest part. You will need to prove that you were a patient of that specific doctor. If they treated you, your medical records are all the proof that you'll need. 

Proving the Doctor's Negligence

You must be able to prove that your doctor's treatment of you led to harm, whereas you would not have been harmed had you been treated by a different doctor. This type of proof usually requires the testimony of someone who is an expert in the field. 

Proving that Negligence Caused Your Injury

You must be able to prove that it is more likely than not that your doctor's negligence caused you to be injured. This can be difficult for patients with pre-existing conditions. 

Proving that the Injury Caused Damages

Finally, you must prove that because you were injured, it led to damages. Your St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer will be able to prove that you: 

• Experienced pain.

• Lost wages.

• Accrued medical bills. 

Please speak with a St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer today.