“Hello! I’m Darrell Castle. I’m an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee, and one of the areas of practice that I utilize is medical negligence, or medical malpractice, if you will.

“A lot of times, people will come to me, and they’ll ask me the question, ‘how long does a medical malpractice case taker?’ Because that’s of a concern to them. And my answer to that usually is, ‘Well, it takes a while. I’ll be honest with you; it takes a while,” because medical negligence, if you’re going to accuse a doctor or a hospital or other medical provider of negligence, you’re really stepping into territory that you need to know what you’re doing. It’s not like driving down the street and somebody rear-ends your car at a red light. That’s a simple negligence case, but medical malpractice is different.

“These doctors are protected by law for good reason. They’re healers. They spend their lives in education trying to learn how to save other people’s lives, and people understand that. Juries understand that. You don’t accuse a doctor of negligence unless you have very good evidence of it, so the law requires us to gather that evidence, and it requires you, in my state of Tennessee, it requires that I get two sworn affidavits from other medical experts in this local area. That would be other doctors, obviously. They would have to give me a sworn affidavit saying that they reviewed these records, and in their opinion, yes, there’s some negligence there. So that is a step that you have to go through. Just ordering the records to review yourself is expensive and time-consuming.

“I’m not trying to dissuade you from pursuing a case if you feel like you have one. I’m just trying to tell you the facts of how long it takes and what you have to go through. If you feel like you’ve been a victim of medical negligence or someone you know has been, by all means call me, and let’s take a look at it. I’m just telling you that it’s a long and arduous road. It’s something to be taken very seriously.

“Still, sometimes, that’s the only way you can get justice for yourself or for a loved one, so you call me, folks. Let’s talk about it for free. You’ll be glad you did.”