Every day, millions of people see a doctor or go into hospital for medical treatment. While the majority of the time everything goes smoothly, sometimes medical mistakes are made. These can sometimes be small mistakes that are easily fixed, but other times they can have life changing results. Medical mistakes are rare, but the truth is, they do happen.
If you’ve suffered a medical mistake, it can be hard to know what to do. You trusted your doctor or hospital and by giving you the wrong treatment, that trust has been betrayed. Whatever the results the mistake has had on your life, moving past this can be hard. To help you get past a medical mistake and get your life back on track here’s what you need to do.
Get proof of the mistake
Without proof, there’s nothing that you can do. So the most important thing is to get proof of the medical mistake. All medicines that you were given and all treatments that you had while under the care of a doctor or hospital, should on your medical record. Ask for a copy of this, along with any other medical notes about your treatment. You need to have proof that you were the victim of a medical mistake, else there’s nothing you can do.
Speak to a consultant
Get in touch with a consultant at another medical facility or hospital and explain what has happened to you. Give them your medical notes to look over and ask for their advice. They should be able to give you an objective opinion about what happened to you. Ask for their recommendation of what to do next, and also ask them about the long-term effects of the mistake.
Hire a lawyer
Once you’ve got evidence of what happened to you and understand the implications better, the next step is to consult a lawyer. If the effects of the medical mistake you have suffered have affected your life in any way, you can seek compensation. Research local lawyers and get in touch with a specialist medical negligence firm. Explain what’s happened and find out what they can do to help. If you don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, look for a firm that offers a no win, no fee service.
Find a way to move on
Once you’ve claimed the compensation you deserve, the next step is to find a way to move on with your life. It might be hard if you’ve sustained a life-changing injury from your treatment, but it’s crucial that you find a way to get your life back on track. See a therapist, find a new path, and get your life back on track. You’ll feel happier and less resentful by doing it.
Medical mistakes sadly do happen. It might be scary finding out that you’re the victim of one, but remember you’re not alone. There’s plenty of help and support out there; it’s just a case of taking the steps to find it.