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Documents You Need When Suing for Medical Malpractice

by Liesanne Martin

If you believe you have been injured due to medical malpractice, you might currently be considering suing the practice. It is important that before filing your lawsuit you have the right documents available. Here are some important things to have when suing the medical practice, doctor, or surgeon.

Receipts For All Medical Expenses

A big reason to sue for medical malpractice is due to all the money it likely cost you. You need to keep close track of all expenses related to the injury or illness you have sustained, then present them when filing the lawsuit. This might include a trip to the hospital by an ambulance, deductibles or co-pays, or the cost of prescription medications. Bring along any bills or receipts for medical care you have received. Not only are these receipts proof of what you have already had to pay or what you owe for medical care, but they also show the result of the neglect.

Documents From Medical Staff About Your injuries

You may also need more documentation that shows the level of injury you received from the negligence. This can be negligence from the emergency room staff, nurses, doctors, dentists or hygienists, surgeons, or admin staff for a medical practice. For example, if you had an emergency in the hospital because a nurse failed to read your chart correctly and administered medication you are allergic to, you can request documentation that shows what your chart says and what medication was given to you. This along with what occurred as a result of the wrong medication should be presented during the lawsuit.

Proof Of Your Loss Of Income

If you are also suing for medical malpractice because your injuries have caused you to miss work and lose out on income, you should have that documentation as well. You can ask for paperwork from the HR department that shows how many days you have missed along with how many paychecks you are behind on. If you have received disciplinary action due to the large amount of work you have missed, you should make copies of those documents and provide them to your lawyer for the medical malpractice lawsuit.

Proof of Emotional or Psychological Injuries

Finally, you might have gotten treatment for emotional turmoil following the incident. If you were getting surgery and the anesthesiologist failed to monitor you, you might have woken up during surgery. Not only can this affect you physically, but it can affect you emotionally as well. If you have been receiving therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, ask for documentation from the therapist about your condition.