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How do I get treatment after medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Your health is the most important aspect of your life because without it, you have nothing. And, when faced with the aftermath of medical malpractice, it is crucial to know the steps for obtaining proper treatment and support, especially if you are still dealing with medical issues.

Immediate medical attention

Seek immediate medical care from an independent healthcare provider to address the original issue and any resulting complications, if your medical issues are urgent. Never wait for emergency medical needs.

Minor malpractice

If the medical issues you experience are minor, you may find it helpful to work with the original doctor to fix the immediate issues. Often, to avoid subsequent litigation, medical providers will offer free or greatly reduced medical services to fix mistakes. And, for medical providers that are part of a hospital or group, you may be able to get the services of a different provider. However, for sole providers or small providers, this may not be an option.

Know your rights

Under Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia law, patients have the right to competent medical care. Legal action may be an option if standards are not met, but for our purposes here, let us focus on the medical aspects of post-malpractice care.

Addressing medical injuries

Correcting malpractice-induced injuries often requires specialized care. Consult with professionals experienced in treating such cases. This will require the help of a second physician or medical team. Recovery may involve therapy, rehabilitation or further surgeries. Work with a team familiar with your situation’s complexities.

Legal considerations

Be mindful of Maryland’s, Virginia’s, and the District of Columbia’s statutes of limitations for malpractice claims. While seeking treatment, keep this timeframe in mind if considering legal action.

Seeking emotional support

Dealing with malpractice in the aftermath can be emotionally taxing. Seek support from groups or counseling services to navigate this challenging time. Recovering from medical malpractice involves immediate care, long-term recovery plans and understanding available resources.