Tips for Dealing with Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice cases are by definition emotionally difficult. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with obvious medical malpractice out of a horror story or medical neglect that may have contributed to someone's suffering. There are a number of steps you need to take to protect yourself and your rights.

Get a Second Medical Opinion

Do you think your doctor is missing something serious? Do they continue to dismiss major problems such as PMS, stress and other minor issues? Get a second opinion. Pay for private healthcare if necessary to get it. In many cases, you've traded money for peace of mind. If this is where you find yourself, then you can choose to stay with your current doctor or find another you're more comfortable with.

What if you find out that your doctor made a mistake? At best, you have your answer and can make progress toward solving the problem. In some cases, you've added to the bill a medical malpractice attorney will force the negligent doctor to cover. And find a new healthcare provider.

Don't Wait

When you're dealing with medical malpractice, time is of the essence. It isn't just a matter of the statute of limitations, the period in which you can file for compensation. The longer you wait to press your claim, the longer the bills rack up. Know that your attorney can help you get appropriate medical care despite the hospital or doctor's mistakes. Consider it a step on the road toward recovery, whether physical or financial.

Document Everything

Document everything. What symptoms did you have, and when did you have them? When did you miss work without pay? What over the counter or alternative remedies did you try? What accommodations have you had to make, such as paying for housekeeping or childcare you'd normally do yourself? If you don't have notes like this, start keeping them now.

Pick up a journal to keep it all together. Keep all related receipts. Work with an attorney to generate necessary documentation. For example, you may be assessed by another physician to determine the full scope of your injuries and the appropriate corrective actions to be taken. Don't forget to order copies of your medical records. You should have this for both other doctors and your legal representative.

Minimize Unnecessary Contact with the Other Parties

If you suspect medical malpractice, get a second opinion from an independent medical professional. And don't threaten the current medical services provider with a lawsuit. If you have confirmed medical negligence or malpractice, don't contact the healthcare facility. Leave that to your attorney. Don't discuss the case online or with friends and family. Let your attorney deal with the insurance company, even if they contact you directly.

Be Patient

Medical malpractice cases are incredibly complex. They can take time. Fortunately, many are settled out of court. Just don't make the mistake of taking the first settlement the insurance company offers you, because this prevents you from filing claims for long-term care or physical rehabilitation costs you didn't take into account at the time.


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