If you have been the victim of medical negligence, a specialist lawyer in Sydney can help you get compensation. But what do you need to do?
Firstly, you need to work out if you have a case at all. To fall under the definition of medical negligence, a medical practitioner has to have been negligent in their care of you. The negligence could be that:
- They did something they shouldn’t have (like operate on the wrong part),
- They did something without your consent
- They didn’t explain everything to you and warn you of risks so your consent could not be fully given
- They caused you injury
So now you know if you qualify as a victim of medical negligence, what next?
Anyone can say anything about anybody, but if you want to be successful in court, you need to show evidence. Whenever you go in for a medical procedure, it’s a good idea to hold onto reports and letters relating to your condition for your medical history and for insurance purposes, but if you do become a victim of medical negligence, these will become the backbone of your case. You need to show that what the doctor did wasn’t what you discussed or what the reports and letters recommended. Here are a few examples of things to hang onto:
- Letters from your GP
- Letters from specialists
- X-rays and ultrasounds
- Blood test results and any other test results
Of course the evidence gathering doesn’t stop after the procedure. Some of the things you can do to prove that what the doctor did has harmed you can include:
- Photographs of the affected area (if applicable)
- Invoices and bills from other medical professionals you’ve had to see as a result of medical negligence (e.g. needing additional surgery)
- Test results, x-rays, and ultrasounds that prove that you are still suffering from the condition you went in with, or alternatively, proving that they did something wrong (e.g. operated on the wrong part)
What you’ll need to gather and keep will, of course, depend on the individual case of your medical negligence.
Once you have your evidence, it’s time to start talking to lawyers. Remember, if you come forward to say that doctor did something wrong, you could be saving someone else from going through the same pain you did.