We put our faith in our health care providers; we expect them to take good care of us and make wise, educated decisions when administering our care. And for the most part, they do. But medical professionals are human, and just like the rest of us, they too make mistakes. So what do you do when you have been hurt because of your doctor’s errors? What steps do you take when you suspect medical malpractice was the cause of the serious harm you sustained?
What do I do when I suspect medical malpractice caused my injuries?
If you suspect an error your doctor made caused your condition or injuries, you might want to speak to your doctor directly about it. If you feel comfortable, voice your concerns and ask questions about the care and treatments she gave you, as well as the results that occurred. This might clear up any misunderstandings.
It is also a good idea to seek a second opinion from a different, unaffiliated doctor. You probably do not want to tell the new physician that you are looking into malpractice, though. You just want to get a third-party opinion about your condition and its causes.
From the moment your injury/condition arises, start documenting everything. Request a copy of your records, document your appointments, and collect notes regarding things your doctor does and says during the visits. Gather diagnostic test results, treatments, bills, receipts, prescriptions, etc. too.
And do not forget to note things like calls to your doctor that she did not return, unreasonably long wait times to receive medical attention, and concerns about your treatments that she did not address. All of these may prove to be valuable pieces of evidence if you later take legal action.
Do I have a valid medical malpractice claim?
You should also contact a local medical malpractice attorney to review your case and determine whether or not you have a valid claim worth pursuing. Keep in mind that not all mistakes medical professionals make constitute malpractice.
When we look over your case, we will determine if all the elements of malpractice are present. Cases of this nature hinge on the standard of care – and any breaches thereof. If your doctor made an unreasonable error that other doctors in a similar situation would not have made, and you sustained harm as a result, then it is quite probable that you can take legal action and pursue a settlement for your damages.
Request a free case evaluation at your convenience with a medical malpractice lawyer at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. Contact us today at 419-843-6663.