After your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you may help them by finding a medical malpractice attorney. You often do not have to pay money upfront and can schedule a free consultation. There are several things you should bring for your free consultation.
Bring Relevant Medical Documents
You will be able to visit the hospital to collect medical records, or you may be able to access them online. Normally, you would not be able to access an individual's medical documents due to privacy laws. However, if you are a legally authorized personal representative, then you will be able to access medical records to provide to a medical malpractice attorney so they can help you with your case.
Unfortunately, in some cases, the medical records are not administered properly and the medical malpractice attorney will need to conduct an investigation to make sure that there are no discrepancies. As for pharmacy information, you may be able to obtain it by going directly to the pharmacy where the prescription was filled.
Bring Any Medical Bills
Any bills related to your loved one being treated at a healthcare facility will need to be shown to the medical malpractice attorney. This will help the attorney determine to what extent your loved one will need to be compensated for their injuries. They can be used to verify that treatments occurred and the treatment and medication costs.
If your loved one was previously employed before they became injured as a result of medical malpractice, then you will need to provide employment information to the attorney so that you can determine the extent to where your loved one lost wages and will not be able to earn future wages. Also, provide any documents that you believe might support a pain and suffering claim.
The Next Steps
After the initial consultation, your attorney will discuss the next steps with you and the victim of the medical malpractice incident. In medical malpractice cases, an attorney will typically rely on an expert witness who can provide their opinion on whether the doctor took actions that would be considered reasonable for a doctor to take.
Once you are able to prove that the doctor is at fault for the damages your loved one has suffered, you will begin the long process of fighting for an appropriate settlement to pay for medical bills and other expenses.