A person visits the doctor with the hopes of getting better. Yet, in the case of medical malpractice, the patient gets worse and may even die, all because of the negligence of a doctor or hospital staff. It is an event that most of us can’t even imagine, but people do become the victim of medical malpractice, and if it happens to you, then it is important to make sure you know what to do. Here’s a list of things to do if you have been the victim of medical malpractice.
- The first thing to do is to find a reputable medical malpractice attorney to represent you. Don’t wait for weeks or months—this could hurt your case. As soon as you can, contact your attorney.
- Don’t throw anything away. Any documents you have from the doctor or hospital should be kept. This is evidence, so be sure to organize and store discharge paperwork, copies of lab work, nurse’s notes, or test results you may get.
- Take pictures if you can. If you think there is a need to document the progression of the injuries you have sustained, then make sure to take photographs to be used as evidence. Talk to your lawyer to see if this is a necessary step.
- Document the expenses you incur as a result of your injury. From rehab and prescriptions to child care and time off from work, make sure you are keeping up with the money you are spending to get better. If you have a loved one who has passed away because of medical malpractice, then keep up with the expenses related to that as well.
Acting quickly is one of the best things you can do to help your medical malpractice case. Don’t wait to call Sussman & Simcox—we can help you with your lawsuit. Contact us today for more details on the services we offer.
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