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I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation.
Based on what you've said, it appears as though you have a very strong medical malpractice case.
As with most medical malpractice cases, the case will largely revolve around the testimony of experts, both to prove the fact that the first physician was indeed negligent, and to prove the amount of damages suffered by your daughter.
My suggestion to you would be to consult with a lawyer and get at least a rough estimate regarding her potential damages. I would expect them to be fairly high, considering the potential for lifelong effects from the surgery.
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Is there a certain type of lawyer I need to hire?
Yes, you need a medical malpractice lawyer.
and we are not sure the effects will be life long. Is there a "place card" holder in case it is? I know there are statutes of limitationsbut I don't want to sue if it isn't necessary
When was the first surgery?
Jan 11, 2012 ( 7 hrs long) 2nd. surg. May 23,2012 (6 hrs long) 3rd Surgery Jan. 8th (3 hrs. long)
OK. You have until Jan. 11th, 2014 to file suit. Your attorney can file suit at any point up to that date and ask for damages as if it would be a lifelong injury. The litigation process can take several months, or sometimes well over a year. That should give you enought time to ascertain exactly the extent of her injuries.
It was the second surgery that he put the screws in so would that push back the date?
I'm sorry, I thought the first surgery was the one that caused the inury. My apologies. Yes, if the May surgery is the one that caused her injury, that would push the date to May 23rd, 2014 to file suit.
Great, thank you for your time. You have been very helpful.