In 2016, Johns Hopkins University reported that 10% of all deaths resulted from medical malpractice. This statistic breaks down to 250,000 people killed from medical errors each year. Many others also suffer from non-fatal injuries. Medical malpractice, unfortunately, happens more frequently than it should. For this reason, it’s crucial to understand what to do if you are ever a victim. Here are three actions that you should take if you ever suspect medical errors.
Seek Out a New Doctor
It should always be your priority to stay as healthy as you can. If you know that your doctor made a mistake while diagnosing you or treating you, you need to seek another doctor to correct it. What usually happens is that the second doctor will need to review your records and perform tests before they can diagnose you. After this, they can begin to undo the damage that the first doctor caused. If the primary issue is a treatment error, the new doctor will focus on treating any complications caused by this error. If the primary concern is misdiagnosis, the new doctor will focus on providing the right treatment for your condition.
Request Copies of Your Medical Records
Second, you should request copies of your medical records. This step is crucial because these records play a vital role in your medical malpractice case. Obtain copies as quickly as possible before you even file a medical malpractice claim if the negligent doctor decides to make changes to your records. The files will show proof of any symptoms you were experiencing, your medical history, any tests performed, and whatever medications the doctor prescribed. Let’s say you went to the hospital because you were having chest pains, but the doctor diagnosed you with depression, and as a result, you experienced a heart attack. Your medical records could show that your family has a history of cardiovascular issues, and the doctor didn’t perform any tests on your heart. This information provides a compelling case proving negligence.
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We have been representing clients since 1970, and believe that each of our clients deserves justice. We understand that it’s devastating to find yourself a victim of medical malpractice, and we want to help you through all parts of the legal process until you win your settlement. We have the experience, quality, skills, perseverance, skills, and results that you need in the fight for justice.
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