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Getting help for a medical problem can sometimes be intimidating. In some cases, you may fear the diagnosis, worrying that it’s going to be a serious condition. Most of the time, you’ll be treated well and sent on your way. But what happens when something like medical negligence strikes?
Being let down by your healthcare provider is a whole other level of betrayal. These are the people who should’ve helped you and kept you from harm. For them to actually cause that harm is not typically something you’ll be able to get over quickly.
The effect of negligence
An experience of medical malpractice in any form will leave you worse off than you were when you stepped into that consultation room. This will leave you with a huge list of concerns, with your future health right at the top.
You may also be worried about how you’re going to keep your family afloat when you’re not even well enough to go to work. You may be worried about keeping that job when you can’t show up every day. You’ll probably be feeling the pressure to keep everyone in your life happy and well.
In this case, it’s time to step up and ask your boss for a conversation. Let them know exactly what’s up and how you’re struggling. Once they know the situation, they can let you know what the best steps to take at work are going to be.
What to do
You might want to start thinking about legal action. Clinical negligence is a serious problem. It should be addressed. Consider getting a lawyer and holding to account the people and organizations responsible for the pain you’ve suffered.
With a medical negligence case, it’s up to you and your lawyer to prove that the clinician’s negligence resulted in your injury, which then caused you harm. The burden of proof isn’t on the person responsible to prove that they didn’t do it.
This means you’ll need all the evidence you can get to give yourself the best shot at winning your case. All your medical records, witness statements and other pieces of relevant information will be essential. In the US, four things have to be proven: a professional duty owed to the patient, breach of this duty, injury caused by the breach and resulting damages.
If you can do this, you’ll be able to present a strong case. But don’t worry about the end of the process because the vast majority of medical negligence cases never make it to the courtroom. Most healthcare providers choose to settle before it ever gets that far.
Medical malpractice is an emotionally-charged ordeal. So some strong support is a huge help. Let your family and friends know what’s going on. Lean on them. There’s no need to go through this kind of experience on your own.
The more support you have available to you at a tough time like this, the better.
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