Misdiagnosed or Improper Care

When you receive care from a medical provider, you expect your health to improve; however, sometimes, medical providers make mistakes, take unnecessary risks, or act negligently, failing to deliver a basic standard of care.  Many states have specific rules about pursing medical malpractice cases.

If you believe you have been misdiagnosed or improperly cared for, you should:

•    Seek a second opinion. Try to have a new medical provider document in writing that symptoms were a direct result of poor prior medical care.
•    Be aware that medical doctors must be licensed to practice. Check your doctor’s qualifications to see if they doctor are in good standing or have prior complaints about their practice.
•    Keep all medical records and reports, including prescription receipts.

Medical malpractice claims involve complex theories of liability. A doctor’s malpractice insurance wants to deny or settle claims for as little as possible. Experienced adjusters trained to protect their interests often ask questions to build legal defenses to your claim.  Until you have contacted an attorney:

•    Do not sign a release of your claims.
•    Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.  
•    Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

Act immediately and contact a medical malpractice attorney to help you understand your legal rights and time limits. Every case is different and an attorney can best explain your rights and provide an unbiased legal opinion.