5 Steps for Moving Forward After Medical Malpractice
Have you been the victim of medical malpractice? Here’s what you can do.
Medical malpractice can happen to anyone. Maybe you were given the wrong medication in the hospital and you suffered an allergic reaction because of it. Perhaps your pharmacist dispensed the wrong prescription to you and you had a horrible physical reaction to the medication. Maybe your doctor misdiagnosed you. Maybe you were permanently injured due to malpractice that happened during a surgery. No matter what type of medical malpractice you’re facing, it’s important to understand exactly how you can start moving forward after the issue occurs.
1. Get the medical care you need.
Make sure you seek medical care from a different physician who is caring, patient, and understanding. Your new doctor will need copies of your medical records and will need to know exactly what happened to you so they can treat you. Never wait to seek medical assistance after any type of medical malpractice. It’s vital that you seek medical attention quickly to minimize the effects of the situation.
2. Obtain your medical records.
Always get a physical or digital copy of your medical records. This will help ensure you’re able to demonstrate what happened to you. For example, if you’re treated for a severe allergic reaction to a medication, but your medical records clearly indicate that you have an allergy to that medication, this can help prove that you were the victim in this situation. You can get a copy of your medical records from your physician’s office and from any hospital you received treatment at.
3. Acquire documentation.
It’s vital that you have documentation, as well as specific dates when problems occurred. For example, if you obtained prescription medication at a certain pharmacy on a specific date, you can prove this by showing a receipt, the medicine bottle, or the bag that the drugs came in. Additionally, pictures and text messages, as well as emails, can help provide your attorney with a timeline that will show when different events occurred.
4. Meet with an attorney.
Don’t wait to talk to a lawyer who can help you. Did you know that your medical malpractice attorney knows exactly what you’re going through? Your lawyer knows that you may be feel frustrated, overwhelmed, or even scared. Dealing with medical malpractice is emotionally frustrating and exhausting. This is why your attorney wants to help you seek the compensation you’re entitled to during this time.
5. Get emotional care.
Always speak with someone who can help you deal with the emotional side of the malpractice. You may have some big emotions and feelings that you’re struggling to handle. This can manifest in many different ways. You might be feeling tense, anxious, stressed, or have trouble sleeping. A trained therapist or counseling professional can help you cope during this time and can provide you with insight and understanding as you move forward.
Don’t wait to seek assistance from an attorney. When you realize you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, reach out as soon as possible for help.