No one expects to get injured by their doctor, but the truth is that doctors and other medical professionals are responsible for many more injuries than we realize. While many medical professionals are proven guilty of malpractice in a court of law, there are thousands of medical malpractice incidents that are ignored each year. Do not ignore your case. Read on to discover if your medical malpractice case is valid.
What is Medical Malpractice?
In a court of law, medical malpractice is defined as any incident in which a healthcare professional or medical provider demonstrates negligence in their treatment of patients. The law is on your side when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In the case of medical malpractice, you have legal protections that allow you to pursue financial compensation for the injuries suffered by the hands of your doctor. Medical malpractice typically involves negligence in surgery or during labor. Medical malpractice also includes situations such as a doctor misdiagnosing you, giving you the wrong medication amount, or performing any other medical error.
Check Your Case is Valid
There are certain aspects you can look for to determine whether or not you have a valid personal injury case. You will first need to make sure you remember as many details of your injury as possible, because detail is important in court. You also need to have a strong doctor-patient relationship. When you have a good relationship with your doctor, it can be helpful to your case as it demonstrates that you were under a specific individual’s care at the time of your injury.
In addition to having a relationship with your doctor, you must illustrate how your doctor’s actions caused your injury. It is important that you can demonstrate how your doctor failed to meet agreed upon standards of medical care, as well as evidence that connects the care you received to the harm that was inflicted.
What You Need to Do Next
Once you have determined that you have a valid medical malpractice claim, the next step is building your case. You can start building your case before you choose your attorney.
– Document all activities going forward: Once you have determined that you have a strong medical malpractice case, you will want to build your case by gathering as many documents related to your injury as possible. This means recording all the details regarding doctors’ visits and care that you receive from any medical professionals. Make sure you document the date and time of the appointment, name of the professional, and anything else that doctor may have told you.
– Ask your doctor questions about care: Asking your doctor questions about treatment is always important, but when dealing with the medical malpractice lawsuit, it is more important than ever to know exactly the care they are providing and why.
– Request ALL medical records: Lastly, make sure to keep a copy of all your medical records on hand. You can call your doctor’s offices and request these documents. Additionally, make sure you request X-Ray records and any other documents ahead of time that may take longer to get delivered. Medical records are essential to developing a strong medical malpractice case.
If you are sure you are a victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you find a lawyer you can trust right away. The sooner you begin the process of building your case, the better chance you have of receiving financial compensation. Please contact us today to find out more about medical malpractice lawsuits and how we can assist you.