Being injured by a medical mistake is tough and often overwhelming. Not only does you have to deal with the injury itself, but you also must deal with how it affects your life going forward. If you find yourself in such a position, you should make an appointment to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to discuss your legal options. This may seem like a daunting task at first, but in reality, it is usually a pleasant experience. In anticipation of your first meeting, here are a few tips to prepare so that you are confident, and the medical malpractice attorney can fully assess your case.
Summarize Your Situation
When you meet your medical malpractice attorneys, the first step should be expressing why you believe a medical professional or institution wronged you, and the injuries you sustained from the wrongful act (or acts). It is important to remember that it isn’t enough that a health care provider did something negligent, the negligence must result in injury. An attorney will need as much information as possible to first determine if they can take on your case, and then to advise you on how to get favorable results. To start, you should be prepared to discuss the timeline of events as you recall them, such as when you first showed symptoms and when you received a diagnosis or treatment.
Share Your Injury and Damages
As part of the summary of your situation, you should also explain how you believe you sustained your injuries. It may be helpful to list your injuries, so you don’t leave anything out. Also, it is important to remember that there are multiple types of damages: economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Sharing your personal narrative will help reveal the extent of the injuries you have sustained. It is often the case that the patient’s prediction as to what went wrong, is what the records ultimately reveal. Because you or your loved one is the focus of the inquiry and were present during the alleged wrongful act, your personal testimony is extremely helpful in getting the full picture of your case.
Write Your Thoughts Out
As noted above, it may be helpful to write down everything you want to discuss ahead of the actual consultation to help organize your thoughts and avoid leaving anything out during your meeting. You should write down dates, symptoms, names of people, or prescriptions. Remember, no detail is too small to share when medical malpractice attorneys listen to your case. If you think it could be relevant, you should share it.
Bring Relevant Documents
If you have any documents, paperwork, or other types of communication that could potentially help prove your case, bring them to the meeting. Copies of your medical records, hospital discharge papers, medical bills, lab results, or health insurance documents are all helpful to your attorneys. A trained professional will be able to pick out useful information from these documents before requesting additional records from your healthcare provider.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
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