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What to Do If You Suspect You Have Received Negligent Medical Care

If you suspect medical negligence on the part of your healthcare provider, the steps you take will be important in establishing a solid case.

    MIAMI, FL, December 02, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If you suspect medical negligence on the part of your healthcare provider, the steps you take will be important in establishing a solid case. Medical negligence cases are extremely difficult to prove, and a large majority of them are thrown out by the courts due to insubstantial evidence. Knowing what to do and who to contact can make all the difference in a successful lawsuit.

Steps to Follow if You Suspect Medical Negligence
The first thing to do when you suspect medical negligence is to obtain a full copy of all of your medical records. This will ensure that your records do not disappear or get lost. After receiving negligent care, you will want to find a new doctor. He will require a copy of these files, making it perfectly reasonable to request them from your current provider. Make sure you make copies of the records to keep for yourself.

After obtaining your medical records, steps to take include:

- Seek a second opinion - make sure you carefully explain to your new doctor your concerns, symptoms, and previous tests and treatments. It is both unnecessary and unadvisable to disparage your previous doctor, or to indicate to your new doctor that you may file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Keep your own record of events - with time, you may forget key elements that support your case. By writing things down as they happen, you can supply your medical malpractice attorney with much more complete information.
- Refrain from complaining to other doctors, nurses, or medical professionals - there is an understandable air of discomfort surrounding malpractice lawsuits in the medical community. Even when doctors don't work directly with each other, they may be made uncomfortable by the knowledge that you are planning to seek compensation for medical negligence.
- Contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney right away - these cases are difficult to prove and can take years to resolve. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better your chances of securing adequate compensation for your damages.

Waiting to file a claim may make your case harder to prove, and result in the court dismissing your claims.

If you live in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myer, Florida and suspect that you may have been the victim of medical negligence, please visit the website of the medical malpractice attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida for more information about filing a claim, and collecting the compensation you deserve (at

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