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Doctors may not be miracle workers, but it’s reasonable to assume you’ll feel better after seeking treatment from them. At the very least, you shouldn’t feel worse.
Unfortunately, however, those in the medical field make mistakes like everyone else. From misinterpreting diagnostic images to leaving surgical sponges in body cavities, there are countless ways for health care providers to cause harm to their patients.
If you think your physician made a mistake when diagnosing or treating you, filing a medical malpractice claim could yield the funds needed to put your life back together. First, however, you’re going to have to build a compelling case.
If you’re wondering what that entails, start by taking the following steps as soon as possible:
If you have reason to believe your doctor made a mistake or is otherwise neglecting you, seek a second opinion. In addition to protecting your health and ensuring you get the treatment you actually need, this will bolster your case. If you were to continue seeing the same provider, it would be hard to make the case that you didn’t feel safe under their care.
A resourceful medical malpractice attorney can track down all kinds of hospital records, nursing logs, and other essential documents when building your case. You can support their efforts, though, by preserving whatever records are already in your possession.
If you have any of the following, store them in a safe place until you can give them to your legal team:
As soon as you suspect malpractice, start writing about your journey in a personal injury journal. Record every hurdle you must now overcome because of your doctor’s negligence.
Detailed entries that are written in your own words will help contextualize your medical records, strengthening your claim in the process. They’ll also come in handy when you have to demonstrate the extent of your non-economic damages, like diminished quality of life, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
If you’re not sure what to write about, start by considering the following, and hopefully the content of your entries will flow from there:
Think you might have been the victim of medical malpractice? Turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm to determine how best to proceed.
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