If you or a loved one may have been the victim of New York medical malpractice, you may feel overcome with fear, anger, and pain. There may be significant physical, emotional, and even financial burdens which impact you and your family. This may make everyday things difficult to handle, and you may be in significant pain due to the medical errors.
But there are steps you can take to ensure you protect your rights if you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. Taking the following steps will ensure you put yourself in the best position to protect yourself.
- Document Everything - This may seem obvious, but many times things will move fast and be difficult for you to remember what occurred—even if you think you will be able to remember everything. This is particularly true if you require a lot of remedial medical treatment or surgeries, as you may be feeling the effects of anesthesia or in a lot of pain. Thus, make sure to write down the date, time, location, any healthcare providers who assisted you, and a description of what was done.
- Ask Questions and Get Answers - Everyone should always as a lot of questions of their medical providers. It is very important to be an informed patient and make informed decisions. This cannot be more true when you believe you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. You will need to ask what occurred, how it can be fixed, and why the healthcare provider did or did not do something he or she was supposed to. Do not be shy, and make sure to record your questions, the answers to them, and who answered them.
- Request Your Medical Records - Make sure to start to get copies of all of your medical records and medical tests. This includes your test results like MRIs, x-rays, and other diagnostics. You are entitled to full access of your medical records, and if they do not give you the medical records, you may file a claim with the New York Department of Health.
- File a Complaint with the New York Department of Health/Physician Grievance - Like other states, New York has a procedure for patients to file a complaint against a healthcare provider. This will trigger the New York Department of Health to conduct an investigation into your complaint and address whether the actions of the healthcare providers were acting appropriately or should be subject to discipline. This will help your medical malpractice claim.
- Contact an Experienced New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Immediately! - If you or a loved one believe you may have been the victim of a medical malpractice, contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney. Our law firm offers offers FREE consultations and you will not pay for the attorney unless he wins your case. Make sure you contact the attorney within two and a half (2 1/2) years after the alleged malpractice!
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