I was injured by a medical error almost a year ago and I have been told that I must bring my claim within the next five days or I will lose my rights. I have called lots of lawyers and none of them will even look at my case – they say that it is too close to the deadline. What’s going on?
Medical malpractice cases (indeed, all lawsuits) are serious undertakings. Medical cases in particular require lots of work. Many lawyers simply cannot drop their commitments to other clients to do the level of investigation necessary to undertake a medical malpractice case on short notice.
It is important to talk to a lawyer soon after you believe you have been injured as a result of someone else’s mistake. There are lots of reasons for this – witnesses disappear, evidence disappears, legal rights can be lost, etc. – but in medical malpractice cases it is especially true.
Many people wait to talk to a lawyer out of the hope that everything will turn out alright or out of fear of incurring legal fees. At our office, we do not charge for meeting with a potential client about medical cases or any other type personal injury or wrongful death cases. Therefore, we recommend that you seek out legal advice from us even if you are unsure if you have a serious or long-term injury.
John Day represents personal injury victims and families of wrongful death victims. He is board-certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and, in fact, served as President of the organization. He is an elected member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. His book, "Day on Torts: Leading Cases in Tennessee Tort Law," is used by judges and lawyers across Tennessee to further their understanding of personal injury and wrongful death law in Tennessee. In 2009, Best Lawyers named John "Best Personal Injury Lawyer" for Nashville; he was the first recipient of that award. Best Lawyers also named John as "Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Nashville" for 2010. John does not charge for an initial consultation and accepts personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent fee basis. You can reach him by telephone at 615.742.4880 or by email by clicking here.