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What to do if you believe medical malpractice has happened

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Most New Jersey doctors provide quality medical care to their patients. However, if you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, it’s crucial to know what steps to take.

Request copies of your medical records

You have a right to request copies of your medical records. They should be comprehensive and explain your medical history, medications you’ve been prescribed, tests performed on you and diagnoses of any medical conditions. Medical records can serve as valuable information when you believe you may be the victim of medical malpractice.

Get a second opinion

If you suspect your doctor has committed medical malpractice, getting a second opinion is important. Find a new doctor and present your medical records to them so they can thoroughly review them. They can then prescribe diagnostic tests to be done to determine what’s going on with your health and to confirm whether the previous doctor made any mistakes.

Document everything

Keeping a journal and documenting everything that’s happening to you is important. If you suspect medical malpractice, you need to take note of all the details while they are still fresh in your mind. Include details about your symptoms and how they are affecting your daily life. The more information you include, the better it is if you plan on filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Don’t share much information

Once you have decided to file a medical malpractice claim, you should avoid sharing too much information. This means skipping posting about your situation on social media websites. You may discuss things with close friends or family members, but that should be the limit. Don’t contact any other parties involved in the case, either. Doing that could only hurt your chances in the lawsuit. Be as discreet as possible.

Medical malpractice can leave you with serious harm. If you were affected, you have every right to fight back.