If you suspect you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, you might think it’s a good idea to go sleuthing around to try to find evidence that your doctor is hiding something from you or has a history of similar cases. Don’t! Not only is this often not very effective, it may get you in trouble for violating the privacy of the doctor or other patients.
Instead, leave most of the evidence-gathering to your lawyer. Before talking to a lawyer, there are only a few pieces of basic information you need to come armed with.
What Was Your Initial Diagnosis and When Did You Get It?
Your initial diagnosis is the one that you were first told described your condition. It’s important to know what your doctor identified and when because this may help with potential charges of delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis.
Also make sure to collect a list of your symptoms as reported to your doctor at various times. This will help us determine whether there were clear indications of your potential illness that were disregarded initially.
What Treatments Were Recommended and Performed?
We need to know how your doctor responded to your diagnosis. This will help us to determine whether your doctor was following best practices in your care, or if there were other treatments that might have led to a better outcome in your case.
What Was the Outcome of Your Treatment?
The final result of your medical treatment is of course the most crucial step in determining whether you were a victim of medical malpractice. We need to know whether you:
• Spent additional time in the hospital
• Required additional procedures
• Suffered additional pain
• Experienced long-term consequences
As a result of your doctor’s potential error. This will help us identify what damages, if any, may be achievable in your case.
Once you have assembled this information, please contact Andres & Berger in Haddonfield, NJ today for a free initial consultation.