A 2016 study conducted by Johns Hopkins found that over 250,000 deaths a year are due to medical errors, making medical errors the third highest cause of death in the United States. This is a terrifying statistic and indicates that if you suspect medical negligence you should take action immediately. Below are 5 important steps to take if you suspect you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice.
1. Do NOT Reach Out to Your Doctor/Provider.
Your first instinct may be to reach out to the doctor or provider who was negligent. Whether your intent is to file a complaint or get an explanation from the provider, it is best to not interact. Not only could it give the facility the opportunity to cover up error, it could also toll your statute of limitations.
2. Document Everything
Documentation is incredibly important in medical malpractice cases. Obviously, medical records and bills will be guiding evidence for the case but it is also important to document to other important factors like the date you suspected negligence, details on your pain levels, photographs of physical injuries, and descriptions of how the negligence has impacted your daily life.
3. Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney Immediately
Medical malpractice cases are some of the most complex cases in tort law. Not only do they require an experienced attorney with specialized medical understanding, but the attorney you hire should have access to medical experts and a successful track record of litigating medical malpractice cases. An attorney can also advise you on the statute of limitations in your state and secure your claim in the appropriate time frame.
4. Find another Doctor
Your health is #1 and it is important to find another doctor who can give you a second opinion and take steps toward reversing any damage done by the previous provider.
5. Don’t talk about it to anyone other than your attorney.
It is important to avoid communication with anyone about your case other than your attorney. Refrain from publicly ridiculing or calling out the provider and do not post anything on social media.
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If you suspect that you or a loved one have been a victim of medical negligence, reach out to Keller & Keller right away for a free, confidential, consultation. Our attorneys can guide you through your next steps and fight for your rights.