When you visit a doctor’s clinic or a hospital, you expect to walk out of the door feeling better about your condition than when you went in. However, doctors are human beings, and all humans are susceptible to mistakes. Sometimes doctors can make mistakes in diagnosing, treating, and prescribing medicines to patients, adversely affecting their health.
You deserve compensation if you or your loved one suffers from health issues and other damages due to a medical error. It is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to know your legal rights and what steps you should take. Meanwhile, here are a few basic things you can do after discovering medical malpractice.
Steps to take after medical malpractice
- Consider talking to the medical professional first.
After finding out about medical malpractice, most people report it to the police or consider hiring an attorney to file a claim. However, there is one option you should consider before taking these steps. Consider talking to the medical professional first and explaining the situation. Many doctors are willing to treat your condition for free to compensate for their error or the error on their staff’s part.
- Contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Once you speak with the doctor and they refuse to take accountability or refuse to treat your injury, you should immediately contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. An attorney can make sure that the claim is valid and recover various damages from the defendant party for you, such as future treatment costs, lost wages, emotional distress, etc.
Moreover, medical malpractice is a complex area of law. You must know whether you will only file against the entire hospital or the medical provider. Your attorney will be able to give you the best advice.
- Obtain a copy of all of your medical records.
Medical records are one of the most important pieces of evidence in a case of medical malpractice. You must ensure that you have copies of each of the medical examinations you took, the treatment plans created by your doctor, medications prescribed by your doctor, doctor’s statements, etc. You may visit a different doctor who can give a statement on whether your health has deteriorated after the previous treatment.
These are a few basic steps you should take once you realize you or your loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice. Remember that the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to prove your claim because evidence starts fading away. Consult with an attorney immediately.