With surgery comes risk; however, sometimes, medical providers make mistakes, take unnecessary risks, or act negligently, failing to deliver a basic standard of care. Many states may have specific rules about pursing medical malpractice cases. If you have been injured during a surgery or while hospitalized, you should:
• Seek a second opinion immediately. Have a new medical provider document, in writing, that your symptoms are a direct result of inadequate prior medical care.
• Medical doctors must be licensed to practice. Check your doctor’s qualifications to see if they doctor are in good standing or have received prior complaints about their practice
• Keep all medical records and reports, including prescription receipts.
Medical malpractice claims can be complicated. Malpractice insurance representatives for surgeons may want to deny or settle a claim for as little as possible. In order to protect their interests, experienced adjusters may ask questions in order to build a defense against 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 used against your claim.
• Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.
For a greater understanding of your legal rights and the time limits associated, contact a hospital injury lawyer immediately. Every case is different, and only an experienced lawyer can effectively explain your rights and provide an unbiased legal opinion.