Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very difficult to bring to court. Even in instances where a doctor has clearly demonstrated medical negligence, people may choose not to even bring the case before a court. And so-called “tort reform” laws, which have become popular even as fewer medical lawsuits are filed, can limit the payout of these lawsuits, even if your doctor’s negligence has caused considerable damage.
In order to secure a favorable outcome for your medical malpractice lawsuit, there are a few common-sense steps you can take, including:
Be Proactive about your Healthcare
If you are diagnosed with a health condition, research the condition, symptoms, and treatments. Make sure your doctors are doing everything they should to fight chronic conditions and treat injuries.
Don’t be afraid to Question your Doctor
This is related to the previous point, but if you ever believe there is a deficiency in the way your doctors are handling your care, don’t be afraid to call them on it. Doctors learn to project a sense of authority early in their careers, but they can still make mistakes, and you need to be able to call them on it.
Bring some support on your visits
Having a spouse or family member accompany you to the doctor might seem strange, but many people do it, and it can help to have a supporting voice in the room, as well as a witness to your interactions with your doctor.
Keep detailed Records of your Medical Care
Documentation is critical to most medical malpractice cases. Make sure your doctor is providing you with detailed receipts and records of your visits and medical procedures, and file them together somewhere rather than throwing them out.
Hire the right Medical Malpractice Lawyer
You want to get a medical malpractice lawyer with plenty of experience in malpractice cases, who has a track record of success and takes a personal interest in your case.
With these steps, you can greatly increase your chances of getting a favorable ruling or settlement from your medical malpractice suit. And at Long & Long, we can help you with the last step: our lawyers our experienced, successful, and invested in fighting for you.