You have every right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit on your own. You may choose to file it, gather the necessary evidence, complete the paperwork and take it to court all by yourself. Before you get started though, you should know what exactly you are getting into and what you will need.
A lawsuit of any kind requires a lot of time. Missouri medical malpractice lawsuits are particularly time-consuming because they are difficult to win and therefore must be foolproof.
Knowledge truly is power when it comes to lawsuits. You need to know your rights and be familiar with the ins and outs of medical malpractice law in Missouri and how it pertains to your particular case. This may require knowledge of recently passed lawsuits with similarities to your case.
All medical malpractice lawsuits require an expert testimony. You will need to obtain valid testimony from another doctor who is in the same (or closely related) field as the doctor who you believe made the error.
Don't expect a doctor to admit fault readily or his insurance to quickly offer a great settlement. It will take a lot of determination on your part to hold firm to your story and your demand for a fair compensation.
As you can see, pursuing a medical malpractice case requires a good deal of time and dedication, as well as a familiarity with the process and players. While it is not necessary that you hire a Missouri medical malpractice attorney to handle your case, it is strongly advised. A lawyer who is familiar with these types of cases is much better equipped to get you the settlement you deserve and need. For a free, no-strings-attached consultation, call Alvin Wolff, Jr., at 877-241-1020. Be sure to ask for a free copy of our guide: How To Pick a Lawyer.