If you were misdiagnosed or injured because of a healthcare professional’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action and seek compensation for your suffering. In order to do so you will need to file a medical malpractice claim and prove that the healthcare professional acted in a way that did not comply with the standards set forth by the healthcare community at large, and as a result you suffered an injury or illness.
Unfortunately, filing a medical malpractice claim can be a complicated and lengthy process that involves providing thorough documentation and evidence to support your case. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you first consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area before filing a claim.
What documents do I need for my claim?
It is your responsibility to prove that your healthcare provider acted negligently and that their negligence led to your injuries or illness. The best way to prove your case is by providing detailed documentation of what happened.
Listed below are some of the documents you should have for your medical malpractice claim:
- Medical records. Medical records are the most important documents to gather at the onset of a medical malpractice claim. To obtain these documents, you may need to submit a request to the healthcare facility or medical provider. However, all patients have the legal right to copies of their medical records.
- Medical bills. Keeping records of your medical bills is the best way to prove the medical expenses you accrued because of the healthcare provider’s negligence. These records can be used to calculate the value of your claim.
- Insurance and Medicare. It is important to provide your attorney with a detailed account of what has been paid for and by whom.
- Receipts for out-of-pockets expenses. If you paid for any doctor’s visits, physical therapy or other treatment out-of-pocket, save your receipts. These expenses can also be calculated to estimate your claim amount.
- Lost income. Sometimes injuries or illnesses lead to missed time from work and a loss of significant income for victims. The income you lost can be calculated in your claim as long as you have the documentation to prove it.
- Photographs. Photographs taken before and after the injury can help you personalize your case.
Skilled legal guidance from our New York medical malpractice attorneys
If you or your loved one is considering filing a medical malpractice case in New York, the attorneys of Sayegh and Sayegh know what it takes to win a fair compensation claim. Our office is located in Yonkers, New York and serves the counties of Westchester, Rockland, Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Ulster.
Call us today at (914) 968-5800 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.