Steps to Take When You Suspect Medical Malpractice

    The shock of learning that your loved one has died in the hospital, or soon after starting a new medication prescribed by a doctor may leave you wondering if there was medical malpractice, if you should file a lawsuit, or if you should file an overdose lawsuit. You may wonder how to begin. How to find an overdose lawyer or a medical malpractice lawyer. How do you contact a malpractice lawyer and convince her that the patient died of malpractice or overdose or as a result of a pharmacy error or misfilled prescription?

1.    The first thing to do when you suspect medical malpractice, is to gather information. What did the hospital staff or doctors tell you about your loved one and why he died? What did they tell other family members? Talk to your family and make notes for your lawyer about what you learned and what was said. What new medications had the patient started taking? What doses of medication did the patient take? Did the patient take the medication as prescribed? Do you have the bottle and can you show that the correct number of pills are remaining? Was there an autopsy? These are some of the questions you should ask and that a good malpractice lawyer will ask you about the circumstances surrounding the death of the patient.

    Did you obtain the medical records?  It is not necessary to get the medical records immediately after your family member dies, but if you have those, you should tell the malpractice or wrongful death lawyer about that.  

2.    Now that you have some information about the potential medical malpractice, medical condition of the patient, possible new medication or possible overdose, start researching medical malpractice or overdose lawyers.

Find an overdose lawyer or medical malpractice lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in handling medical malpractice, overdose or prescription error cases.

PJ Lile-King