In 2004, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a
revision to the interactive guidelines related to patient grievances.
One of the most notable changes in the guidelines discussed the timeline
in which a hospital has to respond to a grievance, which is important
for victims of medical malpractice. Typically, the final step in a medical
malpractice case is the drafting and filing of a complaint, also known
as a grievance—so how do these changes affect you?
What Is a Grievance?
A complaint, or grievance, is a written document that begins your lawsuit.
It typically includes the parties of the lawsuit, a detailed retelling
of how the injuries were sustained, why your case is being filed and how
much compensation you are seeking. While you may draft the letter on your
own, it is suggested you do it with the help of an experienced attorney.
Now back to the CMS revision—how long does a hospital have to respond
to a grievance? According to the guidelines, a hospital must respond to
a patient grievance within a span of 7 days, although a resolution does
not have to be reached in that timeframe.
If your case is solid, a hospital may want to settle out of court. Not
only does this get you the compensation you require sooner, it is also
less time-consuming than going to trial. An attorney can engage in settlement
If you or someone you know was injured due to medical negligence, our experienced
Orlando medical malpractice lawyers at The Maher Law Firm can provide the legal assistance you require. Any
case dealing with medical malpractice is highly regulated by a complex
body of rules, so it’s essential to get proper representation.
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