Any hospital stay or medical procedure comes with inherent risks. Despite this, every patient still has the right to reasonable medical care. Any substandard treatment you receive may qualify you for compensation in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit. It’s important for patients to understand their rights and the appropriate steps for filing a medical negligence claim. Here are 4 important steps to take if you’ve decided to file for a malpractice claim.
Get A Second Opinion
As we’ve explained in past blogs, doctor’s are only liable in medical malpractice cases when they’ve acted negligently. As a citizen, you may have difficulty identifying when a doctor took negligent actions during your treatment. For this reason, getting a second opinion from another medical professional can provide clarity to your situation. They should be able to assess your doctor’s actions and whether the decisions they made were reasonable and in your best interest.
Write Down Everything About Your Hospital Stay
No matter how long your hospital stay, you should write a detailed record of all events that occurred. Describe any interactions with your doctors, tests/procedures that were done, how you were injured and why you suspect malpractice was the cause. There’s a lot of information to pour over but even the smallest elements can be critical to your case.
Keep All Medical Records
When it comes time to file your malpractice lawsuit, you will need a basis for your financial restitution. The cost of your hospital stay is a good place to start. Keeping your medical bills well organized is an important part of filing a detailed malpractice claim. This will help the filing process go smooth and start you off well for a successful medical negligence case.
Speak With Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys
This is perhaps the most crucial step. You’ll want to trust your case to a team of lawyers experienced in handling malpractice cases. They will know what documents need to be filed and will be able to provide sound counsel. Most importantly, they will know what it takes to prove that your doctor provided a substandard level of medical care. As you’d expect, your choice of lawyer can make all the difference in a medical negligence claim.