Putting together a compelling medical malpractice claim is incredibly challenging. Because medicine is far from an exact science, it can be difficult to prove that the complications you suffered were preventable. Thankfully, a resourceful law firm can help.
If you hire a seasoned personal injury attorney to assist with your claim, you can focus on your recovery while they build your case. There are ways you can support their efforts, however, so your claim has the best chance of success. Read on to learn what they are:
1. Prioritize Your Health
Personal injury claimants are expected to take reasonable measures to mitigate damages. This includes victims of medical malpractice.
Once you start treatment for the complications you suffered, make sure to follow all medical advice. For example, you should take any prescription drugs as instructed and schedule periodic evaluations as your new doctor sees fit.
2. Preserve All Relevant Records
Every successful medical malpractice claim is supported by lots of documentation. Records worth preserving include diagnostic images, nursing logs, hospital forms, and progress reports.
Your legal team should be able to dig up all your records, but you can make their lives easier and ultimately streamline the proceedings by forwarding them whatever you already have on hand.
3. Lay Low Online
Once your claim is underway, the insurance adjuster may try to monitor your activity on social media. They will be looking for any reason to challenge your credibility.
Since there’s no way to be sure how they might interpret your content (and subsequently use it against you), it’s best to lay low on all your favorite platforms until your claim has been resolved. For added protection, enable stricter privacy settings, so only approved connections can see what you post.
4. Write in a Journal Daily
A lot of medical malpractice victims don’t realize they can seek compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering in addition to the standard economic damages like hospital bills and lost wages. In order to secure funds for their non-monetary losses, though, they must convince the insurance adjuster that they actually incurred them. This is where personal journal entries can come in handy.
As soon as you have reason to believe your provider made a mistake, start writing about the hurdles you face as a result. Log every additional doctor’s appointment you must attend, every symptom you suffer, and every task you’re no longer able to complete without assistance. Once compiled, these entries will provide a clear picture of your non-economic damages, so you can pursue the maximum payout possible.
Speak with a Houston Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you suffered serious complications when undergoing some kind of medical procedure and you think your provider was to blame, don’t go up against them alone. Instead, turn to Chelsie King Garza, P.C.
With more than 18 years of experience in the legal field, attorney Garza knows what it takes to hold negligent parties liable for the damages they cause. To schedule a free initial consultation with this Houston medical malpractice lawyer, call 713-893-8808 or submit her Contact Form.