Important Evidence You Need for Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Suffering a personal injury from medical malpractice can be disheartening and financially devastating. Proving negligence in these cases can be difficult without solid evidence. If you need to file a claim, you can start collecting this documentation to give to your lawyer or your attorney can do it for you. Here are the top four pieces of evidence that are important for winning your medical malpractice claim.
Relevant Medical Records and Expert Opinions
One of the most important pieces of evidence for your medical malpractice claim is any relevant medical records regarding your personal injury. Charting errors and test results can reveal any issues with the standard of care you received. Medical experts can also share professional opinions if actions taken by healthcare professionals were appropriate or led to your sustained injury. Collect any related emails or written letters from your healthcare provider to give to your attorney. If medications caused your injury, get the pharmacy records as part of your evidence.
Examine billing records for inconsistencies, overcharging or unnecessary procedures that may indicate a motive for inappropriate actions taken by your healthcare provider. You may also want to research any healthcare protocols or regulations of the medical facility that may be relevant to your case. These guidelines may be able to prove a breach of duty in failing to meet these standards. Helpful evidence can include previously filed complaints or lawsuits from patients. You may need a lawyer to request this documentation through legal steps.
Photo or Video Evidence
Photograph or take videos of your sustained injuries as documented proof that your lawyer can submit to the court. If unsafe conditions led to your injury, you may want to take pictures of these as well for your medical malpractice claim. These visual elements can be highly compelling to demonstrate the extent of your harm and suffering to the court. Visual evidence should be taken immediately after the injury occurred and throughout the healing process.
When you receive an injury while receiving medical care, you will need to file an incident report with the hospital or clinic. This incident report can lead to an internal investigation that may reveal any mistakes, failures or negligence from hospital staff. Immediate documentation is important because delays may affect your ability to receive compensation. The statute of limitations in Georgia gives a specific period of time to submit this documentation and file your claim.
Request copies of these documents to help prove your medical malpractice claim. Check these documents to make sure the information is correct. The report should include the date of the injury and all relevant medical treatments.
Was a loved one with you when the injury occurred and personally saw any inappropriate actions? Witness statements from trustworthy individuals can be powerful evidence to back up your medical malpractice claim. Witnesses may also include any medical staff as well that are willing to provide testimony. These statements need to be collected quickly after a personal injury as detailed memories of the event can fade over time. Your attorney can interview these individuals and collect the necessary paperwork or videos to submit to the court to substantiate your claim.
Experienced Legal Help for Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Healthcare negligence and errors can lead to personal injury or death for you or a loved one. These injuries can also lead to devastating financial consequences that can impact your overall quality of life. Medical malpractice claims can be filed for negligence with anesthesia errors, birth injuries, hospital-acquired infections and more. The experienced legal team at the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown can help you file a medical malpractice claim and represent your case in court. Call to schedule a legal consultation today.
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