If you have been injured by a medical professional, it can feel like a betrayal. You trusted your health to the doctor or hospital or nurse, and, instead, you may have ended up worse than before.
What may be harder to accept is that the medical professional may be resistant to the idea that he or she did anything wrong, and could refuse to compensate you fairly for your damages, pain, and suffering.
If you are ever in this situation, hope is not lost. Keep the following tips in mind as you move forward:
- Keep good records. This should start from your very first doctor’s visit, before there’s ever an issue of malpractice. Don’t wait until your doctor’s misdiagnosis makes everything worse: keep a log of your symptoms, what the doctor’s advice is, and how well you followed that advice from the very beginning of your medical problem. If you haven’t been keeping records all along, start immediately to reconstruct whatever you can remember, and resolve to keep meticulous records in the future.
- Learn names. More than just being friendly with office and hospital staff, take the time to learn the names of each nurse who checks on you, and each tech who takes your blood. Those names might be available in records by subpoena, later, but it will save time and avoid errors if you pay attention as you go along.
- Get second opinions. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion before a major medical procedure, so that you can ensure that you are getting all the information you need to make the best decision for your health. After you are injured by a medical professional, however, it is important to seek out a different doctor, who can tell you how bad the damage is and what the other doctor might have done wrong.
- Consult with a qualified lawyer. The world of medical malpractice is complex, with rules and nuances that cannot be covered in a simple blog post. Most medical malpractice lawyers are willing to work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless you collect money from the doctor. Meanwhile, having an expert on your side can take a lot of the stress out of a medical malpractice claim, and will likely speed you on your way to both physical and financial recovery.
Zimmet & Zimmet is experienced in medical malpractice claims for clients from Orlando to Jacksonville, and would be happy to discuss your case with you. Call us at (386) 255-6400.