Are you a victim of medical malpractice? Discover your next steps here

Medical malpractice. It’s something we hear about and read about, but it isn’t something we believe will ever touch our lives. And why should it? We’re healthy, we trust our doctors and our medical teams and even if we had a medical procedure coming up, we have faith that our doctors and surgeons will always work to the highest standards of care. Well, you probably believe this until the day you become a victim of medical malpractice.

From a misdiagnosis or surgical error, to a birth injury such as infant bleeding of the brain, medical malpractice can manifest in many different ways. However, despite each case being so different, it’s important to know the facts and your next steps should you fall victim to poor medical practice. Are you a victim of medical malpractice? Read on to discover what you should do next.

Get medical help
Seeking medical help from a competent medical team is your first step. You should always prioritise your own health before seeking any legal action as the quicker you’re on the road to recovery, the quicker you can get better and have the strength and confidence you’re going to need to fight your case. Your new medical team will potentially be able to undo anything that the previous team has done or at least improve your current situation, they’ll provide the correct treatments or re-diagnosis and put a new treatment plan in place. Make this your first priority.

Build and gather evidence
The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be. It’s that simple. Your lawyer can of course do this for you, although due to the statute of limitations – this will vary by state – it’s always best to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Start by requesting copies of your medical records. These records will detail where you were seen and who by. It will also detail any treatments and courses of action that your previous medical team took. When you have these, go through them and try to recount what happened at each stage. What your symptoms were, how you felt, did you feel listened to? Or were you concerned something was wrong? Nothing is too immaterial or insignificant at this stage.

Record everything
As a victim of medical malpractice, you’ll incur loss of earnings as well as loss of enjoyment and sky high medical bills. You need your compensation to reflect this. So, it’s important to keep accurate records of how the negligence of your medical team has impacted your life. Keep a diary and describe the pain you’re feeling, the inconvenience it has on your life as well as the impact on your mental health.

Get yourself a lawyer
Once you’ve completed the steps above, it’s time to sit down with a legal representative and let them handle your case. Sadly, medical malpractice cases are seldom straightforward, so having an experienced and professional personal injury lawyer on your side is an absolute must. Do plenty of research before you choose your lawyer.

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