Every successful medical malpractice claim makes use of evidence. Without evidence, a claimant cannot prove to the medical malpractice insurance provider or the court that he or she suffered a specific injury and its specific financial damages because of a healthcare provider’s negligence. An insufficient amount of evidence can render your claim useless, which is why it is in your best interests to keep records of every interaction with healthcare providers, your own health and medical record, and your recovery following each treatment.
If you think you do not have enough evidence to support a medical malpractice claim, do not assume that you cannot recover compensation. You could have the evidence you need to support your claim without realizing it. You might also be able to obtain evidence by working with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. After you receive corrective care and return to a stable condition, discuss your case with a medical malpractice lawyer who can advise you about obtaining and using evidence to support your claim.
Obtaining the Evidence you Need for your Claim
In many medical malpractice cases, witness testimony is an important piece of evidence. This is a testimony from a party whose professional expertise enables him or her to discuss your case without having been a first hand witness. For example, a doctor may weigh in on your case to discuss how another doctor would reasonably have handled it. Your lawyer likely has professional contacts who can provide expert testimony for your claim.
You Might have More Evidence than you Realize
Did another party witness your healthcare provider’s act of negligence? Can one of your loved ones attest to the quality of care you received and its impact on your health condition? These testimonies are evidence. If you have a medical record showing poor recovery, this too is a piece of evidence you can use to support a medical malpractice claim.
Your lawyer can help you determine if you have evidence available to use to support a claim. This can include medical records from years ago discussing your state of health and existing conditions. Documentation showing your time spent out of work can also support your case if you can link it to your malpractice-related injury.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you are suffering from a worsened medical condition or a completely new issue because of mishandling or another form of negligence by a healthcare provider, consider pursuing compensation for your resulting damages through a medical malpractice claim. To learn more, contact our team at Baizer Kolar, P.C. to set up your initial consultation with a member of our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers.