The last thing anyone expects is to go to a doctor or the emergency room with a health issue and to come out worse off than you were when you went in thanks to a doctor’s mistake. This is known as medical malpractice and it is much more common than you may think and more than anyone would like. While we can’t prevent medical malpractice from happening, it’s important to know what to do if you suspect malpractice has happened to you or a loved one.
Today we are going to go over some steps you should take if you suspect that medical malpractice has been committed. If you or a loved one is injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, you deserve compensation. We will help walk you through the process of proving the malpractice and building your case for damages.
Assess the Situation
The very first thing to do once you suspect malpractice is to assess the situation. What state are you or your loved one in that is different than it should be? What are you being told? How are the medical staff handling the situation? If it seems like they are trying to cover up a mistake or pretend as though nothing happened, then chances are, you’re on to something.
What you do immediately after will shape everything moving forward. Keep calm and learn everything you can. Before you sign anything or agree to any changes in treatment, make sure you know what is going on. Doctors have a duty to tell you if something happened, even if one of them did something wrong and if you feel like someone is being untruthful, then it’s time to contact a medical malpractice attorney to help. Attorneys have access to records and information that the average civilian does not and they can make doctors prove they did what they were supposed to.
Get a Second Opinion
If you suspect something is wrong but can’t prove it, it’s a good idea to bring in an expert or contact another doctor for a second opinion and advice. Don’t do this on your own though, make sure you work through your attorney so that everything stays on the up and up. You wouldn’t want to blow your case because you went and saw another doctor and they treated you before you could prove the malpractice.
A medical expert’s opinion can be crucial to proving your case, so it’s important to get one on record as soon as possible.
It can be hard to do in the middle of a situation, but one thing you should always do, especially if you suspect medical malpractice, is to document everything. Doctors keep detailed records for a reason and so should you. Write down things they tell you, take before and after photos, work with your attorney to get witness statements and try to make sure you have as much documentation and evidence as possible in the event your case goes to trial.
Focus on Your Recovery
The last bit of advice is to focus on your recovery. In the event you were injured as a result of a doctor’s negligence, you may have severe or even life-threatening injuries. It is important not to talk to anyone about your case and to let your lawyer deal with the doctors and insurance companies. They will handle all the paperwork and investigations while you do the most important job of all, work on getting better.
So long as you act quickly and follow these tips, there is a good chance that you will be able to get compensation for your medical malpractice case and work towards becoming whole again.