Being injured as a result of medical negligence is always a difficult situation. Unfortunately, far too many people are impacted due to preventable medical errors. When this happens, you expect the wrongdoer to admit to their mistakes and pay for your damages—including medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. However, that is rarely the case. Hospitals and healthcare providers, and their insurance companies, are not willing to compensate every person who complains of negligence. It is often a wise move to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you need to speak with a medical malpractice attorney, here are a few tips on how to prepare for your first meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.
Create a Timeline
One of the ways to have a productive first meeting with an attorney is to have a solid understanding of what happened. One way to do this is to create a timeline of events and a story of events from your perspective. You will need to collect your thoughts and determine what happened, when it happened, and why it happened the way it did (i.e., what did the providers tell you about your treatment). In particular, think about key details like what caused me to seek medical treatment? When did you first start to realize when things were not going right? What did the healthcare providers tell you after you were injured? Coming up with the story before you go will help you explain it to the attorney and make sure you don’t leave out essential details. Your timeline does not need to be perfect, but it should give the attorneys an overview of what happened and what to look for if they take your case. Once you sign up with a firm, your attorneys and their team will do a full investigation of your case, but having a timeline when you first contact an attorney will streamline the process.
What Damages Did You Suffer?
There must be an injury caused by a healthcare professional’s negligence to have a viable case. When preparing to meet with the medical malpractice lawyer, you should be prepared to explain all injuries that you think were caused by (or aggravated by) the healthcare provider’s negligence. That means evaluating the physical and emotional injuries you have suffered, including what medications you need, what help you need, and any treatment you have had since the injury. Do not be bashful. Keep track of all injuries and conditions, including emotional harm. Also, think about economic losses you have had, such as medical bills and lost wages.
Make a List of Questions
If you have any questions or concerns about filing a lawsuit, now is the time to ask. For example, it is always better to understand how long the life of a typical medical malpractice case is before filing it. Of course, if you hire a medical malpractice firm, your attorneys will be happy to discuss your case with you at any time. But, questions like: How long will this case take? What will I have to do as a plaintiff? Will I have to go to court? Will my family have to testify? How will the money be paid to a minor?, are better asked early. That way, you can have realistic expectations and be prepared for the road ahead.
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? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.