A medical malpractice case is one of the most serious and trying cases a lawyer can take on. Not only is the lawyer dealing with a botched medical procedure, but trying to navigate the legal and medical system to get justice for a client.
The emotional and financial fallout will be significant for both the defendant and plaintiff. A lawyer will have to prove that the patient received substandard care and suffered as a result, and everything will have to be meticulously documented.
Here are five tips on how to prepare for a medical malpractice care.
Providing Proof That Substandard Care Was Given
Gather any and all medical records. This will provide the cornerstone of your case, to prove that due and diligent care wasn’t provided for the patient. This includes how the patient was treated by nurses, doctors, and any other relevant medical staff. Generally, medical malpractice lawsuits involve:
- Adverse reaction to medications
Requesting Proof Of Credentials
Sometimes when a person is a victim of a botched medical procedure, it’s due to the medical practitioner claiming to possess false credentials. This results in unsafe or unsanitary conditions and a procedure performed in the wrong manner. People often operate for many years under false assumptions. Verification of the medical credentials of all nurses and doctors should be requested to make sure they possess the education they claim they have.
Documentation Of All Injuries
Immediately make detailed and thorough documentation of the injuries that were the result of the medial malpractice. Photograph the injuries, get them evaluated by other medical professionals, and assess the damage. Documenting injuries isn’t just relegated to physical damage, but the emotional and financial costs of the injury.
How much did the victim lose financially? What was the cost emotionally damaging for the victim and the family? These are all things to take into consideration when documenting the extent of injuries and damage done.
Seeking The Advice Of Your Own Medical Experts
Find your own medical experts, who will verify what the victim says. The defendant will be an expert who will claim to have correctly followed all procedures, so you will need to find your own medical experts to corroborate your own findings. Make sure that the medical experts you solicit have the proper educational background to provide legitimacy and credibility to your case.
Prepare For A Battle
A malpractice lawsuit is one of the most emotionally trying cases to take on. The defendant is a medical professional defending against the accusation of poorly practicing a profession that takes many years of study to practice.
The defendant will be well prepared to combat any accusations that the plaintiff will have, and is fighting for one’s reputation and livelihood. Prepare for a drawn-out battle, but one that is necessary if the plaintiff has unjustly suffered because of medical malpractice.
Patients put their lives and well-being in the hands of medical professionals, and their trust should not be violated. If a medical professional is acting in a negligent manner, or even maliciously, then a stop should be put to that immediately.
Jeffrey R. Lamb, an Associate Lawyer at Martin Stanley Law, is a devoted husband to his wife father to his children.