On the Line Over Medical Malpractice October 29, 2009.
There is no doubt that if you have been the victim of medical malpractice, your future is on the line and justice is of the utmost importance.
Probably the most vital thing you will ever need if you are a victim of medical malpractice is a highly skilled attorney who specializes in this area of the law. Your whole life and future are on the line and you need to do something about it immediately. Do not wait, even if you are unsure as to precisely what happened.Discuss your situation with an attorney and learn what your rights are and whether or not you may be eligible for compensation. The bottom line is that you need someone who knows what they are doing on your side if you face going to court to recover damages for your injuries.
A med mal attorney works with the doctor’s office and/or the hospital to get all the information that may not be available to you. S/he knows how the medical system works and knows what your rights are and will fight to make sure you are accorded those rights. Working in two different systems like this means you will get the best benefits if you ultimately need to go to court. Your job is handling the devastating effects of malpractice while your attorney hears your story and mounts a case.
Discussing your case with a med mal attorney is the beginning point here. S/he will assess your case, do some background work and then determine if you do indeed have a legitimate malpractice claim. Ask questions and mention everything you think of to your attorney, even if you think it’s an unimportant detail. You never know what information will be valuable in a medical malpractice court case, but your attorney does.
The other very important thing you need to be aware of when dealing with medical errors or malpractice is that your rights as a patient come first. This is what your attorney will be fighting for should you go to court. S/he will ensure your case is heard and that your claim is taken seriously.
Once a med mal case is filed your attorney is with you every step of the way from gathering records and files to examining lab results and finding expert witnesses. If you have been the victim of a medical procedure gone wrong or are suffering from debilitating side effects as the result of a drug the doctor gave you, the lawyer will argue for compensation for the injuries, for the costs of treating those injuries, lost income from missing work and for the emotional and physical distress you face daily since the medical incident.
While these cases are not easy, your attorney knows how to find their way through all the potential landmines that might crop up. Don’t hesitate to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer if you suspect that your personal injuries are the result of medical negligence or malpractice. The only bad thing you can do if faced with this kind of a situation is to NOT ask questions.