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Tips for Victims of Medical Malpractice

Many medical professionals provide quality care to patients, diagnosing and treating illnesses, helping with pain management, and conducting complex surgical procedures. Unfortunately, mistakes can and do occur amongst medical practitioners, which can be devastating for those who have put their health in the hands of a negligent doctor, surgeon, or nurse. Thankfully, it is possible for medical malpractice victims to obtain compensation for their losses, so if you were injured because of a healthcare professional’s carelessness, please call our dedicated Florida medical malpractice lawyers to learn more about how to strengthen your claim. 

Seek Medical Care 

The first priority of anyone who has suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, should be to obtain medical care, usually from a different provider, but someone who is still within the person’s insurance coverage. It’s also important, however, for the injured party to consult with an attorney before officially leaving the care of his or her healthcare provider, as failing to follow up on, or missing an appointment, can cause problems when pursuing a legal claim down the road. 

Preserve Important Records 

All successful medical malpractice claims require strong evidence of fault, proof of injury, and evidence of a link between a provider’s negligence and the claimant’s injury. Preserving medical records, including diagnostic images, prescriptions, hospital bills, treatment records, and even doctor’s notes can play a critical role in a claimant’s ability to satisfy these obligations. Recovering monetary damages will also depend on a claimant’s ability to establish his or her losses, which in turn will require the preservation of receipts, invoices, and bills for any expenses related to an injured party’s medical complications. 

Keep a Detailed Journal 

Besides economic losses, like reimbursement of medical bills and lost wages, Florida law allows for the recovery of non-economic damages, including compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering resulting from a medical professional’s negligence. Keeping a detailed journal after an injury is one of the best ways to keep note of the ways in which a condition has diminished a victim’s overall quality of life and the extent of his or her losses, all of which can impact a damages award. 

Consult a Medical Negligence Lawyer 

Besides corresponding with the opposing party and any insurers, a skilled medical malpractice lawyer can gather evidence on the plaintiff’s behalf, attempt negotiations, help calculate damages, consult specialists, and if necessary, prepare a case for litigation. While it doesn’t guarantee success, having a knowledgeable legal representative on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. To learn more about how a lawyer could help with your own claim, please call our office today. 

Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Miami, Florida 

If you received substandard medical care and suffered complications as a result, don’t hesitate to call the dedicated Miami, FL medical malpractice lawyers at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP. Call 305-371-2692 today or fill out one of our online contact forms to set up a free case review with a member of our legal team.