Posted on: 25 April 2019
When medical treatment impairs your ability to live a normal life and negligence played a role in your injuries, you need to talk with a medical malpractice attorney. If people continue to stay quiet about the doctors, treatments, and medications that cause injuries, the system will never change – it's time to stand up and do your part in putting a stop to medical injuries. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you prepare for your first consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.
Write a Statement
You will have to tell your story about how things came to be – you'll need to start from the very beginning. Telling the story of how your injuries came to be can be difficult – emotionally and keeping the events straight.
To avoid the emotional discomfort of having to tell your story and to avoid mixing up facts, sit down and write a statement informing the attorney of what happened. When you do this ahead of time, you'll be able to double-check your dates and facts and make sure that the information that you're providing the attorney is as accurate as possible.
Include any pictures that you may have with the statement. The goal of the statement is to show the lawyer exactly what happened and how it may have been the fault of a medical professional. The more thorough you can be, the less work you'll have to do later.
Gather Your Medical Bills
Any bills associated with the treatment of your condition should be gathered and kept organized. Not only will these bills be used to gain information to learn how much is owed to you for your injuries, but the dates on the statements will also help you develop your timeline of treatment.
If you have health insurance, you should be able to download the statements right from your online account, or you can call and request that reprints be mailed out to you to provide to the attorney.
Has your injury caused you a loss of income? If so, you will need to gather your financial information to show how much money has been lost since the injury was sustained. The lawyer will take the earning information from the time before the event and calculate how much was lost – these are lost earnings that may be recoupable if the lawsuit is won.
Prepare for your first meeting with a medical malpractice attorney. If you complete the listed steps above, you'll be well on your way to a productive consultation.Share