Here in the United States as well as all around the world, women place a great deal of faith and trust in the doctors that treat them during pregnancy and delivery. If you have recently given birth, been through pre-natal or birth surgery, or the like and you believe that your doctor did not treat you properly or made a major error in your care, you may be wondering what your options are for dealing with that situation. Get to know some of the steps that you can take to deal with the situation.
Ask for Full Copies of Your Medical Records
Doctors are required to keep medical records for any patients that they have treated, documenting the treatments provided, medications administered, tests run, and keep track of any changes positive or negative as a result of treatment. As such, if you feel that your doctor did not provide you with proper medical care, one of the first steps that you should take in the process is to request full copies of all of your medical records and documentation.
While many people do not request this information from a medical care provider, it is well within their right to do so. This documentation can be used as evidence if you pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the doctor or doctors that treated you. It is also the evidence they could cite if they feel you are incorrect in your assessment of their care. As such, it is important that you have a copy of the records to review on your own and with your personal injury lawyer if you take the issue to court.
Contact an Attorney and Avoid Direct Confrontation with Doctors
The last thing that you want to do is to directly confront the doctor or doctors that you are pursuing a potential personal injury or birth injury lawsuit against. This will only result in frustration for both you and the physician in question. It will also give the doctor fodder to use against you if the case does go to a court trial as they could claim that you acted irrationally or aggressively toward them.
Instead, the step that you want to take is to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to help determine if you have a case worth pursuing against the medical staff as well as can act as your representative in all communications with those medical providers. This will help you avoid unneeded stress and keep you from inadvertently damaging your case.
With these steps in mind, you can be sure that you are doing what is in your best interests after your negative experiences with a medical practitioner.Share
14 March 2017
I have never been someone who likes the idea of suing another person, but after my family was plowed into by a drunk driver with no regard for the law, my tune changed. I realized that I needed to do what I could in order to make things right, so I started looking for a lawyer who could help me to fight for the settlement I deserved. It took a few months in court, but by the time I won my settlement, I felt a lot better about things. This blog is all about getting the legal help you need when you need it the most.