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Practical steps you can take as a victim of medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

When you go to the doctor, the last thing you expect is for your care team to act in a way that makes your condition worse. Unfortunately, in a minority of cases, this is precisely what happens.

A doctor might make a mistake in diagnosing you or administer an inappropriate treatment. Some health conditions can be tricky and it can take time as well as trial and error to find the right course of treatment. Nonetheless, when a doctor acts in a manner that falls well outside of the expected standard in the medical profession (and harm results), this could amount to medical malpractice.

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, what practical steps can you take?

Prioritize your well being

While you may be justifiably upset that your medical team let you down, your number one priority should be to get the medical treatment you need. You are not obliged to be treated in the same facility, and it’s likely that you don’t want to be treated there. You are free to change doctors at any time and you should go with someone you trust. Seeking medical attention in itself will help to strengthen any upcoming medical malpractice case that you choose to file.

Gather medical records

Any injuries or illnesses that you have been diagnosed with should be in your medical records. This is also the case for X-rays, scan results, test results and prescribed medications. You have a right to access this information and have it passed on to other parties with your consent. Your medical records will play a key role as evidence in a medical malpractice claim.

Write everything down

Having dates and notes of discussions with your doctor written down is a better idea than recalling them from memory. You may consider keeping a journal. Better still, you could have a folder that contains your written notes and photographs of your injuries.

If you are thinking about pursuing a medical malpractice claim, it is essential to be armed with as much legal information as possible. Seeking personalized legal guidance is also wise.


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