If you placed your trust in your doctor and their team of medical practitioners
but wound up being hurt by their negligence, you need to create a medical
malpractice claim to seek compensation. Due to the unique circumstances
of your injuries, the steps required to actually make your claim can be
more complicated than first imagined. Be sure to review the following
process before you begin to help you avoid making mistakes that could
compromise your claim’s validity.
If you know that you need help making your medical malpractice claim right
away, you are encouraged to call
(215) 987-3332 to get in
contact with our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys from Laynas &
Georges, P.C. Using our 30+ years of legal experience and knowledge, we
have been able to recover millions for our clients through successful
verdicts and settlements. Set up your
free case evaluation today to learn what our legal professionals can do for you.
After Suffering a Medical Malpractice Injury
Retreatment: As frightful as it may seem, if your health is in jeopardy, the first thing
you need to do is seek further medical attention. It is likely in your
best interest to request that the doctor, surgeon, or nurse who hurt you
initially does not treat you again, even if this means seeing a new physician
for the first time.
Recordkeeping: Hospitals and clinics have file cabinets filled with medical records. Get
a copy of your own in entirety, including the most recent event that harmed
you and any subsequent treatments. Your attorney is going to need these
later for a full review.
Retain: Now is the time to retain the services of our professional Philadelphia
medical malpractice attorneys if you have not already. From here on out,
the details of your case can make or break it, so allow someone who has
dedicated their career to personal injury claims do the legwork and heavy lifting.
Relationship: One of the most common defenses in a medical malpractice case is that
the person who hurt you was “not your doctor”. You will need
to be able to show that a doctor-patient relationship existed between
you and the negligent practitioner – medical records and receipts
Negligence: Once you can show that it was in fact your own physician that caused your
injury, you will need to show how they did it. Was it a surgical error,
like striking a nerve during a procedure? Did they fail to diagnose your
illness, allowing it to worsen? Were you given the wrong medication at
Actuality: Negligence does not mean too much to a court unless it causes harm. Lastly,
you will have to prove that the negligence caused your injury and that
treating said injury is costing you money or causing undue pain. The amounts
tied to the actual damages of your medical malpractice injury are what
determine the value of your claim.
Expertise: Many medical malpractice cases boil down to what an expert witness has
to say about the plaintiff’s medical condition. Talk to your attorney
about possible expert witness testimonies that can benefit your case.