How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Building a compelling medical malpractice claim can be a challenging undertaking. These cases are often incredibly complex, often requiring claimants to gather and prepare considerable medical evidence from doctors specializing in multiple areas of medicine. You may also need evidence from economists, vocational rehabilitation experts, and physiatrists who can testify about the cost of future medical care.
A skilled medical malpractice attorney can take over the responsibility of preparing your case so you can focus on your health. However, before you meet with a lawyer, make sure you have some of these items ready to share with them during your initial consultation:
1. Start a Personal Injury Journal for your Lawyer
A daily journal is your space to keep track of your recovery, noting details such as your pain levels, medication side-effects, and limitations. Keep this information for your attorney. Your entries can be used as a way to help recall how the medical malpractice has affected your life. For instance, if a doctor’s negligence has left you temporarily disabled, keep track of the activities that are now more difficult or impossible to do because of your condition.
2. All Relevant Medical Records
Because much of your case will hinge on the details inside your medical records, your attorney will want to see this information as soon as possible. As such, you should contact any healthcare providers who oversaw your treatment to request any related records. These records may include:
- Hospital intake forms and records,
- Ambulance reports,
- Hospital release forms,
- Lab results,
- Diagnostic images,
- Nursing logs,
- Psychiatric evaluations,
- Treatment plans, and
- Statements from your health insurance company.
3. Your Version of Events
Medical records are not always accurate and rarely tell the full story of what happened when there is medical malpractice. To prove that your healthcare provider(s) were negligent, your attorney will have to investigate everything that happened leading up to the moment the malpractice occurred. Therefore, it may helpful to keep a timeline of events, document witness information, and keep any photographs that may corroborate or dispute what is in your medical records.
4. Copies of Correspondence with Opposing Parties
Whether you spoke to your healthcare providers, their insurers, or your own insurance company, you should save copies of any correspondence to share with your attorney. Examples may include letters, text messages, emails, and notes you took during doctor’s appointments and/or consultations with specialists.
Discuss Your Case with a Miami Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Did you suffer serious complications because of the negligent or reckless actions of your healthcare providers? The legal team at Viñas & DeLuca, PLLC, may be able to help you hold the liable parties accountable.
With over 35 years of collective legal experience, we know what it takes to succeed in even the most complex cases. Our Florida medical malpractice attorneys have helped recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Contact us today at (305) 372-3650 or click through to our contact form HERE to request a free case review.