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Why a Free Consultation Matters in Medical Malpractice Cases?

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Navigating the aftermath of a suspected medical malpractice can be overwhelming for patients and their families. Understanding your rights and the validity of your claim is crucial, but the complexity of medical laws can make this challenging. This is where the importance of consulting medical malpractice lawyers with a free consultation becomes evident. A free consultation offers a risk-free opportunity to evaluate your case with a professional, providing clarity and direction. This guide explores why free consultations are vital in medical malpractice cases and how they can significantly impact the outcome of your claim.

Understanding Your Rights

A free consultation is essential to understanding your legal rights following a medical error. It allows you to discuss your experience with a legal expert who can outline your rights and potential claims. This knowledge is invaluable as it empowers you to make informed decisions about pursuing your case.

Evaluating the Strength of Your Case

Medical malpractice cases are complex and require a thorough assessment to determine their viability. During a free consultation, lawyers can evaluate the details of your situation and provide an honest opinion on the strength of your case. This saves you time and resources by ensuring you only proceed with a claim that has a chance of success.

Getting to Know Your Lawyer

The relationship between a lawyer and their client is foundational to a case’s success. A free consultation offers a chance to meet your potential lawyer, assess their expertise, and determine if they fit you. Compatibility, trust, and confidence in your lawyer’s abilities are crucial for a smooth legal process.

Understanding the Legal Process

Medical malpractice cases involve intricate legal procedures that can be daunting. A free consultation helps demystify these processes, providing you with a clear understanding of what to expect. This includes timelines, the steps in filing a claim, and how cases are typically resolved.

Learning About Possible Outcomes

It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of your case. During a free consultation, lawyers can outline possible scenarios based on their experience with similar cases. This includes potential compensation amounts, the likelihood of settling out of court, and the challenges you may face.

Discussing Fees and Costs

Understanding the cost of pursuing a medical malpractice case is crucial. A free consultation lets you discuss the attorney’s fee structure, including contingent fees or out-of-pocket expenses. This transparency helps avoid surprises and ensures financial arrangements are clear.

Receiving Personalized Advice

Every medical malpractice case is unique, and personalized legal advice is essential. A free consultation provides tailored guidance based on your case’s specifics, helping you understand the best course of action for your particular situation.

Evaluating the Lawyer’s Expertise

Choosing the right legal representation in a medical malpractice case is critical. This section will explore how a free consultation allows potential clients to assess the lawyer’s knowledge and experience in medical malpractice law. You can discuss the types of questions to ask to gauge the lawyer’s expertise, such as their track record, understanding of medical terms, and strategy for handling similar cases.

Understanding Your Case’s Viability

A free consultation can provide a preliminary evaluation of your case’s strengths and weaknesses. Here, we would discuss how lawyers can offer their initial thoughts on the viability of your case during a free consultation, helping you understand the potential challenges and outcomes before committing to the legal process. This insight can be invaluable in deciding whether to pursue the case.

Building a Trusting Relationship

The importance of trust between a client and their attorney cannot be overstated. This section will delve into how free consultations offer a chance to build rapport with your attorney, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident in their ability to represent you. Trust is fundamental to a successful attorney-client relationship, and a free consultation is the first step in establishing this connection.

Gaining Peace of Mind

Lastly, a free consultation can offer peace of mind. Speaking with a knowledgeable attorney about your concerns and receiving professional guidance can alleviate the stress and uncertainty that often accompany medical malpractice claims. This initial meeting can be a critical step towards justice and recovery.

Free consultation in medical malpractice cases is more than just an initial meeting; it’s a crucial step in seeking justice for wrongful medical treatment. It offers invaluable insights into your legal rights, the strength of your case, and the path forward. By taking advantage of this opportunity, you can confidently and clearly make informed decisions about your claim. Remember, the right legal representation is key to successfully navigating the complexities of medical malpractice law.

Sorina Mihaila is the Femtech World editor, covering technology, research and innovation in women's health and wellbeing.

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Canadian insurer launches partnership to support women’s health

Members of the Canadian insurer Medavie Blue Cross will have access to a dedicated women’s health platform

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Angela Johnson, co-founder and CEO of sanoLiving

The Canadian insurer Medavie Blue Cross (MBC) has partnered with the virtual health platform sanoLiving to support women on their menopause journey.

Currently, more than 10 million Canadian women are navigating menopause, often with little support and misinformation about treatments.

With sanoMidLife, sanoLiving’s online menopause platform, Medavie Blue Cross members will have access to a national women’s health platform tailored to provide care and services for women going through the menopause.

The service includes personalised assessments, access to clinicians, treatments, educational content, peer support and AI assistance.

“Many women lack support for their menopause transition due to the misunderstandings of what is ‘normal’ and misinformation about treatments,” said Angela Johnson, co-founder and CEO of sanoLiving.

“Women are seeking solutions that allow them to thrive during midlife. We are thrilled about our alliance with Medavie Blue Cross, and our shared commitment to providing access to care that empowers women.”

Anita Swamy, senior vice president operations at Medavie Blue Cross, added: “We’ve heard first-hand from our members about the need for more menopause-related services.

“Our partnership with sanoLiving creates an innovative way to increase access to care for our members as we continue to focus on the support women need to navigate their benefits and provide forward-thinking options to support their health.”

Studies report one in 10 women exit the workforce due to unmanaged symptoms. Early onset of menopause and symptoms before age 45 can elevate the risk of health issues like heart disease, diabetes, dementia and osteoporosis.

With this new service, Medavie Blue Cross and sanoLiving are aiming to open up the conversation around menopause, reduce stigma and work towards giving women the access to the care they need.

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US start-up raises US$2.32m to address pelvic health concerns

The Flyte intravaginal device aims to treat stress urinary incontinence and strengthen pelvic floor muscles

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The US women’s health start-up Pelvital has raised US$2.32m in funding to address “unanswered” pelvic health issues.

Minnesota-based Pelvital aims to restore pelvic health with its first product Flyte, an FDA-cleared intravaginal treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and weakened pelvic floor muscles.

The device, originally developed by physicians from the Arctic University of Norway, uses mechanotherapy, a treatment modality that when paired with an active pelvic floor contraction stimulates tissue regeneration and the creation of neuromuscular memory.

The company will use the funding to speed up the commercialisation of Flyte and raise awareness of pelvic health issues.

“Completing this round is an important step in continuing Pelvital’s unwavering dedication to provide women with innovative solutions for pelvic health, including the treatment of SUI,” said Lydia Zeller, president and CEO of Pelvital.

“This funding will play a crucial role in accelerating our commercialisation of Flyte with a strong emphasis on expanding payor coverage and enhancing clinical education and clinician awareness.”

With this final close, Zeller said, Pelvital would welcome new investors including Pier 70 Ventures, Life Science Angels, Tech Coast Angels Orange County, and Blue Pacific Fund.

Preetha Ram, managing partner at Pier 70 Ventures, would join the Pelvital board of directors.

“Joining Pelvital’s board alongside this investment round is truly an honour,” Ram shared.

“Pier 70 and I are thrilled to be part of this transformational opportunity, as Pelvital’s mission aligns beautifully with our dedication to support disruptive technologies that shake up the status quo in healthcare.

“Pelvital’s pioneering work is shaping a future where women’s health receives the attention and innovation it deserves with novel medical devices like Flyte.”

Oscar Moralez, founder and managing partner of Boomerang Ventures who led the investment round, said: “We are thrilled for the successful completion of this round as we aim to tackle the most pressing healthcare challenges.

“Our participation aims to address the chronic underfunding in women’s healthcare. Investing in Flyte, a truly groundbreaking treatment, addresses underserved pelvic health issues like SUI and contributes to raising vital awareness.”

Two published clinical trials have validated Flyte’s safety, efficacy and durability of treatment effect for women with SUI.

Most recently Pelvital published a paper in Therapeutic Advances in Urology, showing that 71 per cent of study participants achieved dry or near dry conditions as evidenced by a reduction in 24-hour pad weight after using Flyte for between two and 12 weeks.

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Cleveland Clinic launches new women’s health and research center

The programme aims to address women’s unique health needs during midlife and beyond

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From left: Cleveland Clinic CEO and president Dr Tom Mihaljevic, Maria Shriver and Dr Beri Ridgeway / Source: clevelandclinic.org

Cleveland Clinic has launched its new Women’s Comprehensive Health and Research Center, an initiative dedicated to helping women during midlife.

The center, which will focus on access, connectivity, education and research and innovation, aims to empower women to navigate their health journey with confidence and clarity.

Maria Shriver, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention and Research Center at Cleveland Clinic, will serve as chief visionary and strategic advisor.

“I’ve always believed our nation needed a first-class comprehensive women’s health center, and now we have one,” said Shriver.

“Over the past several years, I’ve been honoured to work alongside so many talented and passionate doctors at Cleveland Clinic to bring this vision to life. This is a place for women at every stage of life where they will feel seen, will get the research they need, and the care they deserve, from their brains to their bones.

“I am thrilled that today the WAM Prevention and Research Center expands, as it deserves to.”

Dr Tom Mihaljevic, Cleveland Clinic CEO and president, said: “Maria’s unwavering commitment to raising awareness and driving meaningful change aligns perfectly with the mission of our new center.

“Her passion for advancing the quality of care for women is remarkable and will help us transform how we deliver care for women today and into the future.”

The population of women in midlife and in need of healthcare continues to grow. According to US Census Bureau 2020 data, more than 63 million women in the US are 50 years of age or older, and approximately 6,000 women enter menopause each day.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 80 per cent of women aged 55 and older have at least one chronic condition, such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, which strengthens the need for more comprehensive medical care for women in this stage of life.

The new Women’s Comprehensive Health and Research Center will bring together specialty care in various areas, including behavioural health, breast health, cardiovascular care, center for infant and maternal health, endocrinology, menopause, osteoporosis and metabolic bone density, wellness and disease prevention.

Through initiatives focused on streamlining appointment processes, enhancing outreach programmes and prioritising health equity, the center will seek to ensure that all women can readily access the care they need.

“Midlife is an important milestone and a time to empower women to address health issues and focus on future health,” said Dr Beri Ridgeway, chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic.

“Taking a holistic approach, including menopausal and hormonal health, reproductive health, mental health, chronic conditions and preventive care, is critical to optimise health outcomes.

“Our priority is to help women in this stage of life make educated decisions about their health and have access to the services they need to thrive, while also feeling seen, heard and supported.”

The center, Ridgeway said, will offer support groups and resources to help address health disparities, reach diverse communities and bridge gaps in health literacy.

The institution’s ultimate mission, she explained, is to advance research and innovation specific to women during midlife.

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