Medical negligence is something that no civilian should ever have to go through, but unfortunately, medical malpractice is far from sparse. If you suspect that you are a victim of medical negligence, it’s important that you take action right away. Knowing your rights is crucial to ensure the responsible entities are held liable. On that note, if you don’t know what to do when dealing with medical negligence, read on to find out.
Get a Second Medical Opinion
Before taking any action against the medical practitioners, you must first prioritize your health. This is especially the case if you were wrongly diagnosed and have yet to be treated for your symptoms, whether physical or mental. Get a second opinion and perhaps even a third to ensure you’re on the road to recovery.
Obtain a Copy of the Medical Report
It’s essential that you request a medical report from both your previous and current health care provider, as this will go a long way in proving your claims. Not only will this document the tests performed, the symptoms you experienced, the treatment provided, and the diagnosis, it will also help your second health care provider undo some of the damage. If you were incorrectly diagnosed, the medical reports will prove that and when building a case, this will be your evidence.
Find a Lawyer
Even with copies of your medical report and clear evidence, you will still need to present your case in the best possible light to ensure you are compensated for the wrongdoing. This type of case in the wrong hands will not only affect your recovery but future patients of the liable medical practitioners as well. Therefore, your next course of action is to find a trusted law firm that specializes in the field. Note that, when looking for a medical malpractice lawyer, you want to find one in your state, as a local attorney understands how the legal process works in these types of cases. In places like Philadelphia, for instance, medical negligence has become so frequent that there may be a lot of misinformation spread from people looking to make a buck. So search for a trusted, successful lawyer to ensure you’re in good hands.
Do Not Divulge Information to Other Parties
Your attorney should be the only person you relay details to. Avoid discussing the issue with the health care provider and other parties to prevent anything you say from being used against you in the settlement. You want to hold those responsible, so you need to make sure your lawyer has all the information necessary and do not divulge that same information to anyone else.
Whether your wounds are psychological or physical, medical negligence can have some detrimental results, especially if you were given a mild diagnosis for a serious condition. Therefore, it’s so important that you get accurately assessed and provided the right treatment plan. Always document your medical reports and any other details that have added to your suffering. And last, but definitely not least, find a reputable lawyer and do not disclose your healthcare or case with any other party.
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