Kingston, New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains What to do if you or a Loved One Believe you are the Victim of Medical Malpractice; PART 2
Today and yesterday’s post is a little bit more practical and I hope all of my readers can use this as a starting guide. In additionally, I will draw a little bit from my book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims. And if you are interested to learn more after this post, PLEASE contact me for a FREE copy of my book. But please note, this is for informational purposes and will never replace a direct conversation by a trained medical malpractice attorney.
Listed below are things that you should know and do when you think you are a victim of medical malpractice. This is Part 2, as Part 1 was yesterday so please read yesterday’s post too! They are not in a specific order and are all very important, so please read them carefully! In fact, you should even print this out and keep it in a safe place or copy and paste this and save it on your computer!
Fourth, see another trusted doctor and explain you feel aggrieved. If you are really ill and have to go to the hospital or another doctor (whether or not you necessarily know them well or trust them) make sure you explain EVERYTHING. No heroics here! If you are in pain, don’t try to be “macho” and say it is bearable because the doctor will write down in your file and dictate it into his or her records. If your case goes to the court, it won’t look good if you say you are in a lot of pain but all the treatment notes say you aren’t! This also applies vice-versa, if you are not in a lot of pain but feel something else isn’t right, don’t lie that you are in pain! There will be experts at trial that will testify that what you were suffering from may not have caused any pain when you went to the doctor because of the natural progression of a condition. Therefore, it will undermine your testimony! So the bottom line here is no heroics—if it hurts, say so!—but no matter what, DO NOT LIE!
The fifth thing is to keep EXCELLENT records and get your medical file. Everything post-medical malpractice should be well documented. The more you can have the better an attorney can learn about your case and advocate for you. Keep things in chronological order and keep them CLEAN and in a safe spot.
The final and sixth major thing you can do is the most obvious—talk to a trained medical malpractice attorney. Don’t be embarrassed or make the decision if your case is a winner or not alone. Consultations are FREE and an attorney SHOULD NOT ask for money up front—if they do, RUN AND GET OUT OF THERE! If you have spoken with other attorneys before for other matters who are not medical malpractice attorneys, but feel comfortable going to and talking to them, you should still go and talk to them about your possible medical malpractice. This is because they can REFER your case to other attorneys who they trust and recommend to handle your case!
Even if you just need advice about you or another’s possible medical malpractice claim but are not sure if you want that attorney to represent you, please go talk to them anyway because you are not bound to keep anyone as your attorney. You should know that you are always free to terminate a relationship with ANY attorney at ANY time for ANY reason. And of course, PLEASE always feel comfortable talking to me even if you just want some advice!!!
But what do you think?! I welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at [email protected] . You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.