The First Question About Your Medical Malpractice Case…And Its Answer
The first question you have about your case is likely the same one your attorney will have: do you have one? This is meant to provide you with an understanding of how your attorney might approach your case when you first meet. And it can help you prepare for your initial consultation as well. Getting to know some of these questions now will allow you more time to think about them.
The more you can provide your attorney, the better position he or she will be in to advocate on your behalf.
The First Layer
Your attorney is going to want to know what happened. Depending on their approach, they might ask you to explain in your own words, or they might ask broader questions. This is going to be dependent on the individual. Be sure to answer the following questions:
- What happened?
- Who was involved?
- What was the expected outcome?
- How was it different than expected and why?
An attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice is likely going to be very comfortable reading and analyzing medical records. They will be looking at them through the lens of your case. And the issues being brought to medical malpractice attorneys can be old or new.
- (Old) A missed appendix from 20-30 years ago
- (New) Heart or liver transplant
What kinds of things is your attorney looking for? If your case pertains to a heart transplant, your attorney might see how you were tested and cleared before your surgery. Beforehand, you would in all likelihood go over your medical history and undergo a physical. Was something missed? Other things may include blood tests and even x-rays.
Why Medical Malpractice Happens
There are so many steps where something could go wrong. Small mistakes could be critical. They could have devastating effects on you and your loved one.
For instance, blood tests will indicate your red and white blood cell counts. Having a low red blood cell count would indicate that the transplant cannot take place. Did it? Was there an error in a lab that gave an incorrect result?
There is a significant amount of vital treatment that takes place after the transplant surgery. Patients will be given anti-rejection drugs. Because these will lower your immune system—to allow your body the ability to accept a new organ.
Medications will likely need to be adjusted for you. Were you monitored correctly? Were you helped to keep your lungs clear to prevent pneumonia?
When determining whether you have a case, your attorney is going to try to find where you were not given the care you needed to have.
Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C.
If you are looking for experienced and professional representation for your medical malpractice, contact us to schedule your free consultation. We have fought for and received multi-million dollar verdicts for our clients. At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, we will examine your case and advise on how to proceed. We can also be reached at 1-877-ASK4SAM.