Being injured as a result of medical malpractice is not your fault. Most people are frightened about how they will cope with the expense of the injury and what the future holds. If you suspect you have been injured due to medical malpractice here are five things you should do.
- Get a Second Opinion – It is important that if you suspect that you medical provider was negligent in providing your treatment, and as a result you have suffered an injury, you should seek the opinion of another medical provider. If you are still dissatisfied with the answer, a third opinion. This medical provider should be qualified to review your medical condition as well as the medical care you received from the first medical provider. He or she should also be qualified to advise you with regards to what care and treatment you need now and could need in the future for your medical issues. If you delay in obtaining an unbiased, competent second opinion from an uninvolved medical expert regarding your medical condition and the treatment you have received, your injury may worsen and last longer.
- Document Medical Injuries – As soon as you suspect that your injuries may have been caused by medical malpractice, document them as soon as possible and as often as needed. Take photographs and videos that accurately depict any visible injuries you may have in case you file a medical malpractice claim. However, only show these photographs and videos to your medical malpractice attorney.
- Obtain a Copy of Your Entire Medical Chart – While the cost may be high, obtaining your medical chart is very important if you suspect that you have been the victim of medical malpractice and need to file a lawsuit. Medical records may be altered, amended, supplemented or changed in other ways if a medical provider anticipates or receives a medical malpractice claim. You should obtain a copy of all your medical records for all treatment received from the medical provider. This includes all the records the provider received from others and not limited to the records related the treatment you suspect was negligent.
- Only Discuss Your Claim with Your Medical Malpractice Attorney – The physician or health care provider you are suing will do what is necessary to protect their reputation and financial interests. This includes alleging that statements were made by you or your family member that negate your medical malpractice claim.
- Consult with an Experienced Kingston, New York Medical Malpractice Attorney – The sooner you consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney the better because any delay could result in important information related to the negligence becoming unavailable or changed, hurting your chances even if you have a valid medical malpractice claim.
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