When a medical error leaves you seriously injured, you may feel emotionally drained and concerned about your future. You may be entitled to substantial compensation through a medical malpractice claim, but your case could take some time.
Unfortunately, there is much you can do to harm your claim as it is underway. Avoiding these common missteps may help secure your financial compensation.
Failing to gather and preserve evidence
Medical records, invoices, and other documents related to your treatment and the injury are all evidence. Gather and organize these materials carefully. Take photos of any visible injuries and document any pain or discomfort you are experiencing. Remember, the more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be.
Discussing your case on social media
Neither the involved medical professional nor their insurer wants your claim to succeed. As such, they are always looking for ways to refute your claims. Avoid the temptation to vent about your situation on social media, as anything you post online can be used against you by the defense. Do not discuss it publicly until you resolve your case.
Accepting the first settlement offer
Malpractice insurance companies often try to settle cases and claims quickly with a lowball offer. They hope the patient is eager to end things and will take a low settlement. Do not let them pressure you into accepting their first offer. You may need every cent that comes your way to recover and ensure your injury poses no additional hardships.
Legal guidance can protect you. It can help you work to get compensation that is fair and proportional to your harm and that the practitioner responsible is held accountable.