Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses Medical Malpractice Dos and Dont’s
One of the most important pieces of advice in a Medical Malpractice case is do NOT go it alone! These cases are complex and very technical, you will need a skilled malpractice attorney on your side, Martin Stanley Law can help. The Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys at Martin Stanley Law also offer the following suggestions if you believe you have a medical malpractice claim:
DO work closely with your attorney and follow his or her advice. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of medical malpractice cases; we will apply our skill and experience to your case, but remember that we are a team and we can’t do it without you. If your attorney gives you a deadline, make sure you meet it. If he or she asks for a document, make sure you get it.
DO keep a notebook devoted to your case. When you talk to someone, write down their name, the date, and what was said. Keep all contact information. If you are having a bad day, note how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally.
DO get copies of your medical records. Your medical records are yours, HIPPA requires that medical facilities make them available to you. Many facilities prefer to use their own release forms, so get copies of releases while you are at the facility.
DO seek a new doctor. Not only do you owe it to yourself to find a doctor who can properly treat you, in awarding damages a court will also consider what steps you took to mitigate any damage done by the original doctor.
Do NOT discuss your malpractice case with your doctor or other medical providers, including any providers you see for a second opinion. Doing so can compromise your care and your case.
Do NOT discuss your case with your insurance company. If you have questions or are having trouble paying your medical bills, discuss your situation with your medical malpractice attorneys at Martin Stanley Law, they can help you find a solution that won’t compromise your care or your case.
Do NOT tell your provider that you are asking for copies of your medical records for legal purposes. You do not need a reason to get copies of your own records. If asked, you can simply say you want a copy for yourself, that you need them for insurance, or another reason you are comfortable with.
Do NOT continue to see the doctor that you believe has harmed you. If you can change providers without further compromising your care, do so. But remember, there may be cases in which you will be unable to change doctors, either due to insurance or because you are in the middle of complicated treatment. In such a situation, continue to carefully document your interactions with doctors, staff, and others who are part of the care team.
Contact Our Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Attorney
For more information on medical malpractice cases, contact our Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney from Martin Stanley Law at 310.399.2555.