Documents to Bring to Your First Meeting with a Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney
Florida is home to some of the most reputable health care systems in the world, but there are still providers who don’t meet their duty to deliver top quality patient care. A survey conducted by Becker’s Hospital Review indicates that, as of 2019, Florida was ranked sixth among all US states in the number of medical malpractice lawsuits. If you were harmed because of a misdiagnosis, surgical error, or other medical mistake, it’s a relief to know that you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
However, just because you have rights doesn’t mean you should try to enforce them on your own. You’ll need an experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer to advocate on your behalf, so you should set up a consultation as soon as possible. To make the most of your time during this first meeting, you should gather the following information.
Medical Records: You received medical care for the illness or other condition caused by malpractice, so all documents related to your treatment will be essential. Bring all medical records, physician’s notes, reports, lab screenings, and all other paperwork representing care that you received. If you don’t have these items, you should make a list of providers that you visited. Your lawyer can obtain copies on your behalf.
Information on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medicine: You may need medication when being treated for a malpractice-related ailment, whether it’s for pain, as a cure, or for another aspect of your care. Gather all information related to these medications and the dosage, including any that were prescribed to you or which you purchased over-the-counter.
Bills from Health Care Providers: If you have health insurance, those bills were either paid or denied; if you don’t have coverage, you probably have the invoices. Make sure to collect all of the documents related to care you received, regardless of who paid – and if they were not paid at all. This information will be important for assessing your medical expenses for purposes of economic damages.
Details Regarding Your Lost Income: Another aspect of economic damages is the wages you lost if you were unable to work because of your medical malpractice injuries. In some cases, you may even have a claim for loss of future earning capacity or lost business opportunities. To prove these amounts, you’ll need to bring your pay stubs, tax returns, and any other paperwork that reflects the employment-related losses you suffer because of a health care provider’s medical error.
Other Relevant Documents: There may be other items that your attorney needs to see, depending on your case. Examples are all paperwork related to a dangerous drug or medical device, if these issues form the basis of your med mal claim.
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Once we have a chance to review these documents and other details regarding your circumstances, our team at Freidin Brown, P.A. can conduct our in-depth investigation to obtain additional support for your medical malpractice case. To set up your no-cost appointment, please contact our offices. Our Miami medical malpractice lawyers will explain your legal options, go over compensation for your losses, and answer your questions.