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Take Control of Your Malpractice Case From the Start

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Koester & Bradley Medical Malpractice LawyersDoctors and other medical providers make mistakes every day.  We all make mistakes for that matter.  Whether you have dealt with being prescribed the wrong medication, a doctor failed to diagnose cancer early enough, or you have had problems with a surgery, you are a victim of medical malpractice. This means that you need to take action in order to seek justice.

Often times, there are warning signs that appear to you or a loved one as a medical condition is deteriorating.  It could be the attitude or statements made by the nursing staff, or even the subtleties in the doctor’s facial expression or eye contact.  Never loose sight of the fact that YOU have a great deal of power to document, and even and spot, Medical Malpractice.

Most times when clients come into the office with a suspicion of medical negligence in Central Illinois and beyond, the facts of the situation are already blurry.  Whether the trauma is your or that of a loved one, high stress and emotions can skew the memory.  This is why it is vitally important to follow a few simple suggestions when you believe that your medical care or that of somebody you love or care about is falling short.

Take Notes About your Medical Care

It is not necessary to maintain a detailed diary documenting every conversation or moment of pain, but it is important to keep track of what discussions are had with doctors, nurses, and hospital or clinic staff.  Additionally, if you are not the patient, it may be easier to document what is happening from the outside, unhampered with pain or discomfort.  There are no rules for how information is detailed.  The only real imperative is that the notes must be dated.

Obtain Information

One of the first things you want to do is collect as much information about your or a loved one’s medical case as possible. This may include documentation that you have received from a doctor to show that there has been an error. The more you have prior to contacting a lawyer, the easier it will be to have your case reviewed.  Keep in mind that you, or a person who you designate, have the unfettered right to have a copy of your medical information.  This includes both medical records, and medical bills as both of these will be relevant to any case.  The medical records, more than any statement or insinuation made by a medical professional, will make a case succeed or fail.

Control the Records of your Care

 Patients are responsible for relating a full and accurate history to the doctor.  The doctor is in tern responsible for making sure the patient’s medical records reflect this information.  It is appropriate, if not imperative to make sure that your physician and medical staff is accurately documenting everything that is going on with the care of you and a loved one.  If you believe that there is something wrong with your care or that of a loved one, take steps to inform the providers and ensure that the chart is complete–especially is there have been problems with treatment.

Know the Timeline

There is a statute of limitations in Illinois, so you have to pursue a lawsuit within two years of learning of an issue.  This means that your notes and timeline become even more important.  Keep in mind that if the time frame to file a claim is running short, it is best to contact an attorney in the area as quickly as possible.  There are subtleties to the statutes of limitation and its relative the statute of repose and in cases where the negligent care spans a long period of time, the clock may be ticking.

Seek a Lawyer Locally

Find a lawyer who has experience with medical malpractice claims. It is a good idea to schedule a consultation where you can have your case reviewed. It also provides you with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how the case will be handled.  Additionally, an experienced lawyer will be able to assist in gathering records and bills and making sure that all necessary evidence is curated and preserved.  Medical malpractice cases are won and lost on the strength of the chart and medical records.

Time is always of the essence when it comes to medical malpractice claims. The more recent it is, the easier it will be to collect all of the necessary information and determine who is legally responsible for what has taken place.

If you or a loved one are a victim, it is important to obtain legal representation in Illinois. It might not reverse what has happened medically, but it can provide you with peace of mind and give you the means to move forward.

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