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Medical Malpractice FAQ

If you were misdiagnosed, if your diagnosis was delayed, if you experienced complications during or after surgery or have otherwise been injured by a doctor or other medical professional, you may have many questions. At Gerling Law, we are here to help you find answers.

How Do I Know If My Doctor Made A Mistake?

It can be hard to determine whether your injury is the result of a doctor's error, or just the result of your illness, disease or surgery. However, there are signs you can watch for that may point to malpractice. The only way to know for sure if you are the victim of medical malpractice is to work with experienced attorneys who can investigate your case.

Is A Misdiagnosis Malpractice?

Misdiagnosis can be the result of malpractice. If your doctor did not follow the correct procedures — such as ordering certain tests — based on your symptoms, and you were misdiagnosed, you may have a legal claim. Contact our lawyers to discuss your situation in more detail.

It Took My Doctor A Long Time To Diagnose Me. Is That Malpractice?

It's possible. If your doctor failed to take your symptoms seriously and did not order necessary tests or make referrals to specialists in a timely manner, your diagnosis was delayed, and your prognosis was worse as a result, you may have a malpractice claim. Contact our offices for more information.

Who Can Be Sued In A Malpractice Suit?

Any medical provider can be the subject of a medical malpractice suit. This includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospital and clinic staff and the hospital or medical center as a whole.

How Long Do I Have To Bring My Claim?

You have two years to bring your claim. The clock starts ticking on the date the malpractice occurred, or on the date that you, the patient, realized you had been harmed.

How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To Receive?

The amount of compensation you can recover depends on the severity of your injury. In general, those injured by medical malpractice can recover compensation for their medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our office at 812-266-9051 for more specific information regarding your case.

I Signed A Consent Form. Does That Mean I Can't Sue?

No, you can still sue for malpractice. The consent form you signed only gave your doctor your permission to treat you, not to do so negligently. If your doctor made a mistake, you can still bring a medical malpractice suit.

Why Won't My Doctor Just Apologize?

After being injured by their doctors, many people just want an apology and an acknowledgement that a mistake was made. This is something you will probably never hear your doctor say. Apologizing is akin to admitting a mistake was made, which exposes him or her to legal liability.

Am I Actually Suing My Doctor?

You may be hesitant to sue your doctor, especially if he or she has been treating your family for years. It's important to remember that while you are technically suing your doctor, it is his or her insurance company that will provide defense attorneys and will pay out any compensation to you, not your doctor.

How Much Will It Cost To Bring A Medical Malpractice Suit?

Nothing. At Gerling Law, we handle all medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. That means we don't charge any fees until we've obtained compensation for you. If we are not successful in recovering compensation, you will not owe us anything.

How Do I Get In Touch With Gerling Law?

Contact us at 812-266-9051 or send us an email to schedule your free consultation. Our offices are located in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro. Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling.