One of the most frustrating things to deal with is an injury that occurs while you are receiving medical care. You go in expecting to be healed, and instead you come out in even worse shape. When you think that close to 100,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented, it becomes even more important that you do what you can to pay attention to potential problems after a medical procedure.
If you think you have been injured as a result of a medical procedure, it’s important that you take the following steps to protect yourself from further harm, and to ensure that you receive proper compensation if necessary:
Pay Attention to Your Situation
Your first step is to pay attention before and after your medical procedure. While some mistakes aren’t medical malpractice, there are situations in which your health care providers should have done more.
Pay attention to your situation as you go in, and pay attention after you come out. Find out, ahead of time, what to expect. Find out what the possibilities are, and then monitor yourself afterward for signs that something unexpected has happened.
The sooner you catch a problem, the better off you’ll be. Sometimes, death or serious permanent disability results because an issue wasn’t caught soon enough. While it would be nice if your health care providers caught potential problems and addressed them early, that’s not always a practical assumption to make.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney
As soon as you think that there might be a problem, it’s a good idea to get representation. You want your interests to be represented, since sometimes hospitals and other providers close ranks at the first sign of trouble, hoping to avoid problems. They might offer you a weak settlement, or even tell you that everything is taken care of and pressure you to sign a waiver of your rights.
Don’t do any of this. Call someone who can come in and be on your side, and oversee your recovery in a way that is unlikely to result in more injury, and who can get you just compensation if the unexpected results of your procedure mean greater damage or missed wages.
Document Your Situation
Don’t forget to document what you can. These days, it’s possible to have your visiting loved ones take pictures, or make other records of what’s happening. If you are able, write down or dictate to someone else your experience as soon as possible. In some states, it’s hard to prove medical malpractice or injury during a procedure, and you’ll need as much proof as possible. Your personal injury attorney can help you figure out what to document. Make it a point to get help from your lawyer so that your case is as complete as possible.
If Necessary, Move Elsewhere
In some cases, the discovery that you have been injured during a medical procedure can result in a hostile environment. If that is the case, you might need to be moved. Your personal injury attorney can help you make necessary arrangements. Your first consideration at this point is to get the care you need, and to heal as quickly as possible. If you have lost trust in your present health care providers, you might need to seek your care elsewhere.
Remember that you need to do what’s best for you. Unfortunately, you might be vulnerable at this point. If you are injured during a medical procedure, do what you can to get representation that can fight for you while you are down.