If you think you may have been the victim of medical malpractice in Southern Illinois, you should generally avoid going back to the same doctor again. Not only could the doctor cause you to suffer further harm by making additional mistakes, but returning to the same physician could make it more difficult for you to make a medical malpractice claim.
What To Do If You Have Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice in Southern Illinois
If you suspect you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, the first thing to do is to contact an experienced Southern Illinois attorney who has experience with malpractice claims. Your lawyer can help you to obtain your medical records and to find another physician who can examine you.
To make a medical malpractice claim, you will need to show that the doctor or healthcare provider offered care that fell below what a reasonable professional would have offered. You will also need to demonstrate that you experienced some type of actual harm as a direct result of the doctor’s actions. If you went back to the same doctor, that physician is unlikely to tell you that he made a mistake or that your prognosis is worse because of his error. You may need to be examined by an independent medical professional who can review what was done in the past and your current condition.
The independent medical professional who conducts the exam will keep careful records of the past treatment and make a detailed assessment of your health. It can be difficult to find a physician who is willing to get involved in a potential malpractice case and who is going to be willing to testify that what your physician did was malpractice. An attorney can help to ensure you are able to schedule an appointment and receive treatment from a doctor who will help you to protect your right to malpractice compensation.
You should also obtain your medical records from the treatment that you suspect may have been performed negligently. Your lawyer will assist you in obtaining your records so they can be reviewed. Having a record of the medical treatment you received will not only be useful when suing for medical negligence but will also help to ensure that the next physician who provides treatment for your condition has the information necessary to offer care that is helpful rather than harmful.
There is too much at stake when it comes to your health to take a chance on continuing to see a doctor who may have hurt you. Take action today so you can find the care you need and hold the negligent physician liable for losses or damages he may have caused.
Southern Illinois personal injury lawyers Carey, Danis & Lowe can help you determine if you have a malpractice case. Contact our Southern Illinois medical negligence lawyers today at (877) 678-3400 to schedule a free consultation.