5 Essential Steps When You Are the Victim of Medical Malpractice

More so than any other type of case, medical malpractice can be very taxing on an individual. These types of cases are very complex and come with a societal stigma that makes them difficult to prove to a jury.  We developed this list to ease your burden in a medical malpractice case.

1. Switch medical providers by asking for a referral.

If your doctor knows you are contemplating a medical malpractice claim, he or she may inject matters into your care and medical records to minimize your chances at a successful outcome in your claim. Try and avoid this by finding a new doctor.  

2. Obtain a copy of your medical records.

Obtaining a copy of your medical records soon after an incident of malpractice will prevent anyone from tampering or altering your records to hurt your claim.  

3. Continue to seek medical attention as needed and do exactly what your medical providers tell you.

Your health and wellness is more important than any lawsuit or claim. Furthermore, keeping up with treatment will help your attorney later understand the full extent of your medical harms, a very important aspect of any personal injury case, including medical malpractice.  

4. Keep a journal of the incident, your injuries, and follow-up care.

Memories fade over time.  A medical malpractice claim can sometimes take years to resolve.  A journal can help you remember certain details of your incident that you would otherwise forget.  

5. Contact an attorney within two years of the malpractice incident.

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Missouri is two years. Although this may seem like plenty of time, it can take a long time for a lawyer to fully investigate a medical malpractice claim.  Make sure you act promptly if you believe you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice.

For dedicated legal representation for a medical malpractice claim, contact a Kansas City medical malpractice lawyer at our office today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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