Even as adults, it’s comforting to know that we have a dependable and trustworthy support network around us. From your parents to your closest friends, even work colleagues and of course, your doctor, knowing that you have strong bonds of trust with those who know you best is a reassuring thought. But, what happens when the bonds of trust are broken? And you find yourself the victim of medical malpractice?
The psychological impact is devastating to say the least, but when your body has been damaged due to the negligence of the very person you trusted to care for you and if there is a breach standard of care, it can be difficult to know what to do next.
Read on for what to do next if you become the victim of medical malpractice.
Prioritize your health
You’ll be feeling all kinds of strong emotions at this point. Anger, frustration, worry and confusion to name but a few, however, you should make your health and getting the medical attention you need your first priority. You may already have your mind set on legal action but seek medical help first. Cease to receive treatment and advice from the doctor whom you suspect is at fault. You don’t need to tell them why you’re moving to a new practice, just ensure that your new doctor is aware of your situation and then they’ll be able to get you the help and treatment you need. Seeking medical help means that you’ll be in safe hands whilst you take steps towards a legal case, so don’t wait.
Get in touch with an attorney
Finding the right attorney for your case is crucial. Especially if you want the result to go in your favor – and after what you’ve been through, why wouldn’t you? An attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases is your best bet. A personal injury lawyer who works in all fields of personal injury may have their knowledge stretched a little thin. Alternatively, choose a lawyer who specializes in injuries such as yours.
Start collecting information
Once you’ve found an attorney and you’ve decided to move ahead with your case, you can now start collecting information relating to your experience and start gathering evidence to assist your case. Of course, your attorney will put all of this together and complete most of the leg work, but the more information you can provide for them, the stronger your case will be. Start by requesting your medical records and write down the following: your symptoms, how you felt you were treated, what procedures you had, where you think things started to go wrong and information on any other medical professionals you came into contact with.
Beware of the Statute of Limitations
Deciding to proceed with a legal case against your practitioner isn’t an easy decision. However, the Statue of Limitations – in other words, the time you have to file your case before it is deemed too late – can either help or hinder your decision. Research your rights or speak to an attorney for more advice.