KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – 6 THINGS TO KNOW IN CASE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
Entering a hospital, having medical exams or having to deal with health care is never a pleasant experience. Sometimes things go well, other times unfortunately the problem is not solved or, even worse, further problems arise. In such cases, it is important to understand whether you have been a victim of professional misconducts.
Here are 6 things to know when you think you could be a victim of medical malpractice:
1) The statute of limitation for claiming damages in civil proceedings is 10 years.
2) You must obtain all the medical and health documentation of your case (in case of hospitalization also ask for a full copy of the medical records).
3) Consult a lawyer as soon as possible for a preliminary assessment of the case. In the case of alleged malpractice, our Practice usually consults with trustworthy legal doctors and specialists to verify the actual existence, in the case in question, of the liability of the health care providers and, if positive, assess the extent of the damage. However, it should be borne in mind that medical mistreatment may not always give rise to compensable damage (e.g. the health professional may be rude but may correctly perform the due treatment).
4) In the event of death, if there is good reason to believe that the health care providers are responsible, and in any case following legal or medical-legal consultation, the relatives may request an autopsy in order to determine the causes of death.
5) It is advisable to keep a copy of all expenses incurred in relation to the damage suffered in order to be able to request reimbursement.
6) In the case of serious permanent damage or death, even close relatives may request the damage suffered by themselves, for the loss and/or macro-invalidation of their relative.