If you or a loved one have suffered because of the negligence or mistake of a doctor, the first question you probably have is, “What should I do.” The first step is to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer. They will advise you of your rights and help you determine whether or not you have a malpractice case.
People trust doctors with their lives and when a mistake is made it can leave you feeling upset and helpless. Figuring out what to do when a doctor has been negligent can be confusing and frustrating. It can leave you searching for answers, cause sleepless nights, and drain you emotionally. Depending on the severity of the mistake, you may want to seek therapy to help you deal with your grief.
Attorneys generally provide free consultations that allow you to meet with them and discuss your situation. During your consultation, you will need to provide as many details as possible from the reason you sought medical attention through the outcome of the treatment. It’s important that you provide thorough details, something you think is insignificant may, in fact, be very significant. Having a copy of your medical records is helpful. If a lawsuit is pursued, your attorney will request copies of your medical records from relevant providers but having a copy of the records from the doctor you believe has made a mistake will help the attorney determine what avenues are available to you.
What can you do?
Keep records of any loss of work, the inability to do things that you were previously able to do, and losses to family members such as your spouse. If they have had to miss work or lose the enjoyment of things in life because of the doctor’s negligence your attorney will need to know this. Most often, a doctor’s mistake affects the lives of the patient’s family.
One of the hardest things to do is to separate our emotions and operate without letting them lead the way. Until you seek legal advice, you should refrain from communicating with the doctor. Do not make comments or threaten to sue the doctor or their staff. While you may want to express your anger to them, it’s best to let your lawyer handle everything. They have experience in handling these matters and they will be your advocate. Allowing them to pursue things in the correct manner will yield you the best results.
A malpractice lawyer will be able to answer your questions, advise you of your options, and guide you in the right direction.