Medical Malpractice

Information You Need for a Medical Malpractice Claim

August 3, 2016
Contributors

When you plan to sue for medical errors or want to file a medical malpractice claim against a health care facility or provider, you need to make sure you have the right information for your attorney. One of the things you'll need to do is to collect evidence of your medical needs now and in the past.

Your General and Medical Background

When you initially meet with your attorney, establish why you feel the healthcare provider was at fault. You will need to provide information to your attorney about how long you've lived in the area, how long you have been seeing the medical practitioner, whether or not you have medical insurance, the date you fell ill, and the dates of your hospitalizations or treatments. If you have a medical diagnosis, your attorney will need this as well.

Details about Your Condition and Treatment Related to the Malpractice Claim

Talk to your attorney about how your illness began or when it was contracted. Why was hospitalization required for the illness? What happened when you were a patient there, and what were the names of the people who treated you during your stay? Discuss all surgeries or treatments you had and every location where they were performed.If you weren't told about the risks of surgery, this is an important fact to tell your attorney. Additionally, know all the prescription medications you've taken and the dosages.

Your Injuries and Damages

You need to describe the event that has made it impossible for you to work or live normally. What happened, and why do you blame the medical provider? How much time have you missed from work, and what impact has the illness had on your personal life? All these questions and the aforementioned documents and information are vital to your case. Having the information ready for your attorney can help your lawsuit get filed in a timely manner.If you think you may have a medical malpractice claim, our skilled New York medical malpractice attorneys can evaluate your case. Contact us to schedule a consultation 212-869-3500.