If you believe that you may have a viable medical malpractice lawsuit, you need to immediately seek the assistance and expertise of a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice law is complex and continually changing and attorneys in this field are specialists. To find out if you have a valid medical malpractice case, contact a medical malpractice attorney and make an appointment to interview him or her in person. When you go to your interview, come prepared with the following statements, documents, and records:
Personal Statement: Write a personal statement in your own words that completely describes your medical condition, the treatment you received from your healthcare provider, and the result of that medical treatment. Describe your physical condition completely and thoroughly including when your medical condition was first noticed and how it progressed with time. Describe the medical treatment that you believe was incorrect or inappropriate for your physical condition.
Documenting Photographs: Bring photographs that show your condition before, during, and after medical treatment. Informal photographs taken before your medical treatment can document your physical condition and verify that you were damaged by the medical treatment that you received.
Medical Bills: Bring all medical bills that you have in your possession that can document your relationship with the medical provider who treated you. Bring copies of medical bills that you received before, during, and after your medical treatment. These records can help your attorney establish a treatment timeline and an estimate of monetary damages.
Prescriptions: Bring copies of all medical prescriptions that you were issued before and after your medical treatment. If you do not have copies of those prescriptions, you can obtain them from the pharmacy where your prescriptions were filled.
Health Insurance: Bring copies of your health insurance policy with the contact information for the insurance agent who arranged for your coverage. Bring copies of any correspondence with your health insurance company and agent regarding your medical treatment.
Proof of Lost Earnings: Bring copies of your wage statements that document your wages before, during, and after your medical treatment. Also, bring copies of your federal and state tax records that verify your wages.
Other Support: Bring written statements from friends and relatives that corroborate the facts and evidence in your malpractice case. Ask these witnesses if they would consent to appear and testify on your behalf if needed, and inform your attorney if they are willing to help you with your case.
After the interview, ask the malpractice attorney for their professional opinion about the viability of a medical malpractice lawsuit and/or settlement in your case. If the attorney believes that the facts and evidence in your case constitute medical malpractice, you can ask them to represent you. With the experience and expertise of a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney, you may be able to recover your medical expenses and be compensated for your lost wages.