LawFuel.com – Best Law Marketing Newswire – The steps you take immediately following a treatment, procedure, or visit to your healthcare provider can determine how much or if you are even eligible for compensation if you suspect there are grounds for a malpractice claim. Malpractice itself is negligence by any healthcare professional (i.e. anything from a nurse to doctor) resulting in your improper treatment. Check out these tips on what to do if you suspect malpractice has occurred.
If applicable, take photos of injuries or side effects you sustained as a result of malpractice. This will give you hard proof of physical damages you sustained.
Obtain a copy of your medical records and look for any instances in which you were not informed about risks that came with a particular medication or treatment. To save your personal injury attorney time, also make sure to save copies of prescriptions of drugs you were taking. You should even hold onto the bottles the drugs came in. Time is key as collecting documentation on yourself is far less time consuming than having your attorney go through the process of collecting it.
Consult another Medical Professional
You will likely have to consult another doctor to deal with the physical consequences of malpractice on your body. As such, document and keep track of the costs of treatment to present at a later date as damages.
Furthermore, you can also ask another medical professional for their opinion on your previous treatment. In Texas many malpractice attorneys will seek out a second opinion as well before they decide to pursue your claim. When seeking out a second opinion, you will want to find a doctor that has no association or affiliation with either you or your initial health care provider and their institution (i.e. hospital, clinic, private practice, etc.). Consulting physicians also tend to provide documentation of what they find as well as provide written conclusions as to if they believe negligence occurred or not. Independent findings will such as this will hold more weight in court.
Go straight to the source and ask questions of the individual who potentially committed an act of malpractice. Ask what may have gone wrong during your treatment or procedure, why did it go wrong, why are you experiencing certain symptoms or results, etc. This will give you an idea on whether your healthcare provider had sound reason in doing what they did or if something does not seem to make sense.
Maintain Personal Notes
It can be in a notebook, journal, or your laptop. Have some way to keep track of events and occurrences throughout your treatment process. Keep track of clinics, hospitals, and professionals you visited while also noting the date. Make sure you have everyone that was involved in your care listed. Keep track of everything that could be of use to you in the case of a trail, whether it be certain symptoms you experienced on particular days to when you received treatments.
Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney
An attorney experienced in medical malpractice in your state will be familiar with a state’s unique requirements to have grounds to file a claim. Consult a lawyer immediately to determine if you have grounds to file.
Jason McMinn is a partner at the Alamo Injury Attorneys law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Experienced in the areas of personal injury, the McMinn team aids families in malpractice lawsuits across the central Texas area.