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What can You do to Initiate a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

When you are undergoing treatment in hospital, you feel that the doctor or the hospital staff has done something wrong to cause you significant harm. However, you are not sure because the doctor and the hospital staff are not being honest with you. What can you do to learn the truth?

While in a Hospital You can Only Question the Doctor or Staff

You cannot do much, while you are still at the hospital, and there are many reasons for that. Before you can actually obtain the medical records to determine what occurred, you have to be discharged from the hospital. Unless you are discharged, the hospital is not going to release your records.

Hence, while you are still in the hospital, you need to ask a number of questions to know more information about what has occurred. You need to ask the senior doctor, who is treating you, all the questions that are gnawing at your mind. Usually, the questions will be: Why did this happen? How did it happen? Was it preventable? What was done that caused it to happen.

You can do a lot After Being Discharged from Hospital

If you are not getting the answers that you want, then after you are ultimately discharged from the hospital, you or your medical attorney can go and obtain your medical records. When you are hiring an attorney to obtain your medical records, you will have to sign an authorization form, which gives the attorney permission to obtain your medical records, and gives the hospital permission to release your records.

Once you obtain your medical records, your attorney will have to go through all the pages thoroughly. After that, your attorney will send them to a medical expert for attaining an expert opinion on what was done and what actually occurred. This medical expert will be able to tell whether the injuries you have suffered were preventable, or whether your injuries were simply the risk of the treatment procedure you underwent. It is critical to understand exactly what was done.

Once the expert has had the opportunity to review your records and come to some sort of conclusion about what occurred, he will call up your attorney and communicate his findings. Your attorney will then contact and tell you what the expert has determined, and whether it is possible to go forward with your medical malpractice case or not.

Proper Discharge

If you are not receiving the truth from the doctors at the hospital and you contact your attorney, nothing much he can do until you are discharged. Your attorney needs to go through your medical records, and then he needs to give these records to a medical expert, who can assess what happened professionally. These medical records will be only available once you are discharged from the particular hospital where you were receiving treatment. You could admit yourself into another hospital, but you need to be discharged from the earlier one, to obtain those medical records.

You could be right about the negligence of the doctor or the hospital for causing you harm and injury, but until a medical expert has reviewed your records and has come to the same conclusion, you cannot file a medical malpractice case.

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