Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical errors and other forms of medical malpractice are not always properly reported to patients and authorities alike. However, if you or a loved one has been treated egregiously and in ways that have resulted in immediate, obvious consequences, the healthcare provider(s) who caused said harm may have been compelled to admit to the mistreatment. As a result, your family may have already been offered a financial settlement. If this is the case, you need to seek out an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as you possibly can to review the terms of the settlement offer.
If You’ve Been Offered a Settlement
Most settlement offers are made with the caveat that they need to either be accepted or rejected in a matter of days. This is one of several reasons why it is vitally important that you have a lawyer review the terms of your offer as soon as you can. It not only takes time to review the language of an offer, if the lawyer you are speaking with is unfamiliar with your case, you’ll need to take time to bring them up to speed. Without this effort, the lawyer will be unable to properly provide you with personalized guidance concerning whether the settlement offer is or is not fairly valued.
The Rights You Are Likely Signing Away
As an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can confirm, most medical malpractice settlement offers contain terms that dictate if and how an injury victim may pursue any additional legal recourse in the future. Generally speaking, when injury victims sign settlement offers, they usually sign away their rights to sue those responsible for causing them harm. It is critically important to understand what (if any) rights you may be signing away by agreeing to the terms of a settlement offer.
To Accept or to Decline?
If your settlement offer is fairly valued and does not unreasonably tread on your rights as an injury victim, it may be a good idea to take the offer. If the offer is unfairly valued and will restrict you from seeking the properly valued compensation to which you are owed, it will likely be in your favor to decline the offer. Either way, speaking with an attorney will help to ensure that you understand the terms of your offer, whether it is fairly valued, and what the potential benefits and drawbacks of accepting or rejecting the offer may be.