Medical malpractice is a form of personal injury where the victim receives inadequate medical care. This is commonly in the form of a surgical error, misdiagnosis, birthing injury, or an incorrect prescription. Medical malpractice injuries are unique in that the side effects can take a while to present themselves. It can take weeks or even months for the side effects to start to cause suspicion.
If you suspect you have fallen victim to negligent medical care, the best route of action is to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney immediately. They can help navigate you through the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the claims process and what sort of compensation you are owed. For the past 70 years, Davis & Davis has helped our local Texas community with their medical malpractice claims and would love to do the same for you.
3 Steps to Take If You Suspect Medical Malpractice
If you have recently received medical attention and believe you have fallen victim to reckless or negligent care, you can follow the three following steps:
Ask Your Doctor
If you believe you were incorrectly diagnosed or given the incorrect prescription, first make sure to mention this to your doctor. You can bring up the side effects and any other causes for concern. They have the ethical duty to answer your questions and admit any wrongdoings, though it is not likely they will outright admit to being reckless. A good keyword to look for and understand is the term “iatrogenic.” When your medical records state that a disease or side effect is iatrogenic, it means that it was directly caused by the medical treatment.
If your doctor claims to have no knowledge of any misdoings, you have the right to ask for your medical records. This, combined with other evidence, can eventually be assessed and used to demonstrate negligence has occurred. Other examples of evidence you can gather on your own include photographs of any visible injuries, a written log of any unexpected side effects, and a list of the doctors and staff who have assisted you with your healthcare treatments so far.
This evidence can eventually be used to prove liability on behalf of the negligent medical provider. By showing the expected duty of care, the breach, and the resulting damages, they can be found negligent and held at fault for their actions.
Consult a Knowledgeable Attorney
At the end of the day, the best possible route of action to take if you are suspicious of your medical provider’s care is to partner with a dedicated attorney. The team at Davis & Davis has years of experience when it comes to medical malpractice cases. We know exactly what to look for when it comes to negligent behavior. Our team will immediately begin an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injury and will use our resources to collect time-sensitive evidence, like professional medical testimony.
We understand the emotional, physical, and financial toll medical malpractice cases can take on victims, so we will do everything in our power to get you a settlement worthy of your damages. This includes potential coverage of emergency medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, prescription medications, missed wages, and any pain and suffering as a result of your injury.
Speak With a Dedicated Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Don’t try to navigate the aftermath of your medical malpractice accident alone. While you focus on resting and recovering, we will work around the clock to file your claim and get you the compensation and justice you need to start fresh.
Davis & Davis possesses the compassion and knowledge necessary to get you the care and compensation you deserve. We will even take your case to court if need be. For a free case evaluation today, please call our office at (888) 522-9444 or fill out our contact form.