When it comes to medical malpractice, you have to know your rights. It is very easy to get misled during the process of filing a medical malpractice case. There are some pitfalls and precautions you have to take when you decide to sue the healthcare provider.
The more you keep the entire case a secret, the better for you to start with. When you file a medical malpractice lawsuit you will be asked several questions by your attorney and you will need to provide a lot of documents. You need to know you rights to get these documents and facilitate your attorney.
Every person has the right to complete access to their health records and no hospital or medical practitioner can deny that. You have the right to know the risks, side effects and the recovery capabilities of every treatment that you were given.
You have the right to sue your healthcare provider if they have misdiagnosed your problem, given wrong treatment, did not give a diagnosis, failed to prevent an infection, shown negligence, abandoned you during treatment, over dosed you with medication, or caused you injury while performing a medical procedure. The malpractice case also applies if the child has not been delivered properly during childbirth or if the newborn infant sustained an injury through negligence during delivery.
A patient has every right to know all the details related to their health before and after any medical procedure. He is entitled to know the complications before and after the surgery or medical procedure was performed. If the doctor does not fully inform the patient of potential risks, then it is considered as malpractice.