Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. If you or a loved one believe you have experienced medical malpractice, here are some steps you should take:
Get Your Medical Records
Medical records are one of the most important pieces of evidence in a medical malpractice case. Lab results, exams, prescriptions, and other important details regarding your treatment will be in these records. Medical records can provide proof of mistreatment, misdiagnosis, medication errors, and any other negligent treatment.
It is important to obtain your medical records before filing a malpractice lawsuit. Although it is against the law to falsify medical records, there have been cases where healthcare providers altered medical records to attempt to avoid liability.
Keep Track of Your Experiences
Keep a journal about your condition and treatment. This can include missing work, appointments, or any other information on how your condition is affecting your daily life and responsibilities. Take daily notes of your symptoms and conditions. The more information you have, the better chance you have at proving your case.
Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you should seek legal assistance. It is important to hire an attorney that has experience with medical malpractice cases. Provide your attorney with all your medical records, medical bills, journals, and any other relevant documentation. Give as much detail as possible about your treatment. Every detail matters.
Keep Your Case Private
Medical malpractice can sometimes take years to settle or go to trial. It is important that you keep the details of your case confidential. Do not contact the accused provider; this can hurt your case. Do not post any content on social media about your case or condition. Any information about your case found on social media can be used against you.
The defendant’s insurance company may try and contact you. It is very important to refrain from speaking to them. Always remember to never discuss your case with anyone without your attorney.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, an Arizona attorney may be able to help.