Wyoming Medical Malpractice Attorneys
We know how very difficult it is to be harmed because of the things that a medical practitioner did wrong. We truly feel for you during this struggle. You likely feel betrayed and helpless. These are people who are supposed to help you, not hurt you. We see these types of cases often so we know what it takes to go up against these big insurance companies, show them that you deserve full compensation, and fight tirelessly to get the results you deserve. If you are in need of Wyoming medical malpractice attorneys, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us right away. We will be more than happy to set you up with a free first consultation.
The Statute of Limitations in Wyoming for Medical Malpractice
The term ‘statute of limitations’ refers to the amount of time in which you are allowed to file your claim to seek compensation. If you were to try to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations runs out, you are likely not going to be able to seek compensation for your damages. How that works is whomever you are bringing a case against is going to ask the court to dismiss the case, which almost always happens. You will then be completely barred from receiving compensation.
In Wyoming, specifically for medical malpractice, the statute of limitations is a bit complicated.
The statute can be broken down into parts. The first part of the statute allows two years from the date of the incident for you to file your lawsuit against the medical care professional/professionals.
The second part of the statute gives some wiggly room for this two-year limit. If there were a reason to believe that the malpractice was not reasonably discoverable within the two years, or that you may not have been expected to discover it, then you may be able to bring your case within two years starting from the date you discovered there was medical malpractice.
Lastly, the statute of limitations in Wyoming says that if you did not know you were a victim during the first two years, or the secondary two-year period, you may be given a six-month extension. This is a complicated statute of limitations to say the least, so as soon as you suspect that you are a victim of medical malpractice, please make sure you contact our Wyoming medical malpractice attorneys. We will sit down, look at the details of your case, and determine if you are within the statute of limitations.
The Role the Medical Review Panel Plays in Wyoming
The first step of a lawsuit for medical malpractice in Wyoming, before you bring the case to the courts, is to file your claim with the Wyoming Medical Review Panel. Essentially, they do this to sort of screen the cases before they head to court to ensure that these cases carry some weight behind them. They want to avoid cases that don’t have any real malpractice present.
Here is how that process would typically look like:
You, as the plaintiff who has been harmed by a medical professional, would submit a written claim to the Medical Review Panel that includes the following:
- you will describe what happened to you and say against whom you are alleging malpractice, including their name
- you will provide an authorization for release of any of your medical records that are relevant
Anyone who is listed in this written claim has 60 days in which to respond. If they do not, then you will be free to bring your medical malpractice case to the court in Wyoming.
During this 60-day time period while you wait on answers from the medical professionals, you are going to have to get a statement from an unbiased medical expert in which they essentially say they believe that your case is one of medical malpractice.
The Medical Review Panel consists of attorneys, a layperson, and healthcare professionals. They will conduct a hearing to look over the details of your case, including your evidence, your witness testimonies, and any relevant documents.
After this, there will be a decision made via a vote.
They will decide:
- Was there enough evidence to support the fact that medical malpractice was involved in your treatment?
- Is there a reasonable probability that you were subject to harm due to the malpractice?
This is not the end of the road for your case. From there, they will determine whether it goes on to litigation and/or trial. They will be able to admit some of their proceedings for a jury’s consideration. Our Wyoming medical malpractice attorneys will be with you every step of the way so you can focus on yourself while we take care of the tricky parts.
The Process If a Medical Review Panel is Not Needed
Here are the reasons for which you may not need to go through the Medical Review Panel process in Wyoming:
- There is an agreement to submit the dispute to arbitration
- Everyone involved in the case is in agreement to waive the need for a Panel
- Your lawsuit has been filed before the date of July 1, 2005
If you have questions about this, please reach out to our Wyoming medical malpractice attorneys today.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice in Wyoming
Wyoming is one of the few states in the country in which there are not caps on the damages that you can receive for medical malpractice. Most states cap you at a certain amount for your damages. There are states that have deemed that unconstitutional. If you win your claim, you will be able to seek full compensation because they will not bar you at an arbitrary number. Our Wyoming medical malpractice attorneys will be able to seek compensation in the fullest and fairest amount that accurately reflects how your life has changed due to the malpractice that you have suffered. We look at how long you have suffered and will continue to suffer pain, mental anguish and a decrease in life quality. When we negotiate with the insurance company, they are likely going to try to lowball you. We push them to hold the liable party accountable in the fullest so you get the results you deserve.
Call Our Wyoming Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today
We urge you to act quickly. After you have been wronged by a medical care professional, you deserve full and fair compensation. This is something we are passionate about. You deserve to have Wyoming medical malpractice attorneys by your side, fighting tirelessly to get you the help you deserve. It is important that you reach out as soon as possible. We will sit down for a free initial consultation, go over the details of your case, and help you learn what legal steps are next to get the justice you deserve. Call us today to set up your first free consultation!