Research shows that more than 10% of deaths caused around the world are due to medical malpractice. Unfortunately, many of these victims live in a first-world country, and the numbers just keep on growing. This is why it’s essential to keep your eyes open at all times – so you can notice and report things that may seem out of the ordinary. Your precaution today can help save a life tomorrow. You never know it might be the life of someone you love or even yourself.
This is why if you ever suspect medical malpractice we suggest you follow the steps listed below.
Find a New Doctor
The first thing you need to do is find a new doctor as soon as possible. It might feel like an abrupt move, but you should never risk your life. However, we suggest you keep the suspicion to yourself at first and get a second opinion to make sure you were not misdiagnosed or mistreated by your doctor. Even if you have undergone a procedure or are in the middle of a treatment. We suggest you get a second opinion and get ahead of the matter. The sooner you find a new doctor and confirm your suspicions the sooner you will be able to reverse the treatment.
Ask For Your Medical Records
Your medical records are supposed to contain a detailed summary of every step of the process. From the diagnosis made, lab results, medications, to the treatment plan. Every single step is thoroughly explained in your medical records. Making your medical records a key piece of evidence and another way to ensure you were wronged. Another reason why you should resist showing your hand and request a copy of your medical records as soon as possible. To ensure the medical records are not tampered with, we suggest you request for your medical records before filing a malpractice case.
Journal Your Experience
To make sure you do not forget even the slightest detail write everything down. If you feel writing it down doesn’t work for you then we suggest you record your voice, or a video. During which you go through the entire process step by step, leading up to when you suspected medical malpractice. Moreover, you should document everything that the malpractice caused and how it changed your personal life. Everything from your health to your relationships should be noted down as soon as it happens.
Talk to a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Once your new doctor has confirmed your suspicion it’s time to take the matter to a legal attorney. Grab your medical records and head to a medical malpractice attorney. Someone who you can rely on. It’s best to find someone who has taken on similar cases or can handle your case. There is no need to hold back when it comes to medical malpractice and every single element should be discussed with your attorney. Keep in mind that the goal here is not to settle for a few dollars, it’s to make sure the doctor and/or staff is not allowed to make the same mistakes again.
Once you have handed your case and evidence to an attorney it’s best to take a step back. Your attorney will take point on the matter, and anything you do might put your case at risk. This is why it’s best to let the professionals take care of the matter, while you focus on getting better.