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Steps to take if you suspect medical malpractice

| Jan 16, 2020 | Injuries |

It’s bad enough to learn that you have a medical condition that requires professional attention. But if you’re then a victim of medical malpractice, you now have two issues on your plate. Not only do you have to worry about your original problem, but you also have concerns about the impact of the malpractice on your health.

If you suspect medical malpractice, here are some of the most important steps to take:

  • Discuss your concerns with your doctor: Make it clear to them that you know what went wrong and that you are concerned about the impact on your health. They may be able to suggest a remedy, which helps you avoid many additional steps.
  • Find another provider: Most people who are the victim of medical malpractice don’t feel comfortable receiving treatment from the same doctor in the future. By finding another provider, you give yourself the confidence you need to overcome your injury or illness. Don’t be shy about letting this person know about the mishap by your original provider. They need all available information related to your health.
  • Contact the appropriate medical licensing board: While this doesn’t do you any good in regard to your health or obtaining compensation, the board can issue a warning to the provider. They may also be able to give you an overview of the next steps you can take.
  • Collect evidence: From your medical records to conversations with your provider, any evidence that backs up your claim of malpractice is something you should keep nearby for the meantime.
  • Obtain a medical assessment: By doing this, you’re able to confirm that your additional injuries were the result of negligence from your original provider. This gives you a much stronger case should you decide to file a medical malpractice claim.

Even though you have enough to worry about, you don’t want to let the negligence of your provider go unnoticed. Depending on the circumstances, you may be in position to file a medical malpractice claim with the goal of holding the person responsible.

By doing the above, you’ll better understand your situation and the next steps in the process. Taking the right approach positions you to receive compensation for the injuries sustained as a result of your medical provider’s negligence.

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