If you believe that you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, your first actions may play an important role in affecting your claims against the doctor, nurse, hospital or other healthcare professionals and your financial recovery from them. If you believe that you’ve been injured by the care of a doctor, nurse, hospital or others, be sure to follow these important tips.
Don’t sign anything from the hospital or their attorneys
At the first sign of trouble – at the first sign that a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional may have committed malpractice – the hospital or their attorneys will swoop in to do damage control. They may waive fees, provide nice accommodations (say, a private room), and assign their most gentle and seemingly helpful staff to work with you. Be on your guard! Their goal is simply to limit their liability. While we encourage you to work with them to get medical care, do not sign any documents that speak to medical liability. Immediately contact a trusted medical malpractice attorney who can explain the consequences of the documents they wish you to sign.
Collect your medical records for use by medical malpractice lawyer
Take the time to collect all medical records that you have. This includes test results, lab reports and any other communications which speak to the status of the medical condition or diagnosis of the injured person.
Collect your billing information for use by medical malpractice attorney
While billing information may seem mundane and not pertinent, these billing records contain important information. The billing codes listed on medical bills indicate which procedures were performed and, just as important, which procedures were not performed. Collect all billing information so that your medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your claim and help you build an effective case against those who injured you or a loved one.
Write down the names of all healthcare professionals
Do your best to write down all of the names of the medical professional who attended the injured person. Be sure to include not only the doctor and the nurse(s) but also nursing aides and even orderlies. In short, write down the names of all people who interacted with the injured person.
Call a trusted medical malpractice attorney
When you believe that you or a loved one have been injured as the result of medical malpractice, the most important thing is to take care of the health of the injured person. However, as soon as you have addressed these medical matters, be sure to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to determine if you need legal representation. Call Hal Waldman & Associates at (412) 567-4655 for a quick consultation — so that we can quickly help you determine if you would benefit from legal counsel. The call is free and puts you under no obligation. We want to help you!