How to Sue a Hospital
Suing a hospital can be a daunting task, but it’s not impossible. You need to know what you’re doing, and that means hiring the right lawyer. More importantly, you should know which laws apply in your jurisdiction before starting this process.
The lawyers at Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers are here to guide you through the Baton Rouge injury claim process. If you were hurt during a hospital visit and you need help, keep reading to learn more about your next steps to recover.
Act Within State Time Limits
Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Do not wait, because there are time limits on filing these types of lawsuits. If you wait, your claim may be dismissed. That leaves you with no compensation to support you and leaves you paying out of pocket for someone else’s actions.
Injury victims may only have one year to file their claim, but filing may be complex. You have evidence to gather, paperwork to file, and injuries to care for during your case. Because of this, you may need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to begin preparations for court.
Gather Records Related to Your Injury
When you’re preparing for a medical malpractice lawsuit, you’ll need as many records and evidence for your case as possible. This evidence should prove that you were injured, your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, and you wouldn’t have been injured if they weren’t careless.
That may include any or all of the following paperwork:
- Medical exams
- Eyewitnesses and personal accounts
- Expert witnesses
- Records from the hospital
If you’re unsure where to begin, your medical malpractice lawyer can aid you in gathering the information you need. They know what evidence will be most useful in court, so you have the support you need in the courtroom.
Know Who To Sue
Make sure you are filing against the correct party. Filing against the wrong party may lead to delays in your claim. That’s more time you’ll have to deal with your injuries.
Even if a specific doctor caused your injuries, your lawyer may help you file a claim against the hospital. Hospitals are often liable for the actions of the doctors they employ, so you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the hospital instead of the doctor. If you’re unsure who’s liable, reach out for legal aid.
Get a Lawyer for Your Claim Against a Hospital
It’s important to have an experienced lawyer who is familiar with the lawsuit you’re facing. You want someone on your side who understands medical malpractice law, so they can handle everything from gathering evidence to testifying in court if necessary.
At Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers, we have a team of experienced lawyers who are more than capable of taking on your hospital lawsuit. When you’re ready for a free consultation, contact us at 225-387-2323, or complete the following online contact form, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.