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A doctor or other medical professional treats you in a disrespectful and dismissive manner.

A physician orders the wrong medicine for you -- or a pharmacist commits an error in filling your prescription -- and you become sick, though not seriously so.

You believe that a medical mistake harmed you and you are considering filing a damage claim for a few thousand dollars, but it will likely cost you just about that much to bring your complaint, with no assurance of success.

Should you file a medical malpractice lawsuit in any of those instances?

We note on our personal injury law firm at Vance & Larson in Alamosa that, "For every case we take, we turn down at least 20 other cases that we do not take."

Readers considering a so-called "med mal" claim should not be unduly dissuaded by that ratio. Many claims simply do not clear threshold legal hurdles regarding duty, breach, harm and injury that make it worth an individual's time (or money expended) to pursue.

But some do, which we further note "underscores the need to have a potential case reviewed by an experienced medical malpractice attorney."

Being peeved with an arrogant physician is one thing. Collectively, being a group of family members who grieve the wrongful death of a loved one that seems clearly linked with medical negligence is something different altogether.

Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of Americans die each year from medical errors -- misdiagnosis, botched surgeries, facility-acquired infections and other mistakes -- that are firmly grounded in negligence.

Obviously, many of those matters should be reasonably pursued.

A proven malpractice attorney can help an individual or family members decide whether to do so in a given case.

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