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What documentation is needed in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2022 | blog, Medical Malpractice

One of the most devastating things a Georgia resident can experience is suffering harm after seeing a doctor. People put their full trust in doctors and other medical professionals to provide expert care. Sometimes, medical malpractice occurs instead. When filing a lawsuit, certain documentation is needed to back up the case.

Your medical records

Medical records from before and after your appointment or misdiagnosis with the doctor in question are crucial forms of evidence in a malpractice case. Earlier records show the status of your health before the incident while those from after show how your health has changed. Include anything pertinent such as prescriptions, procedures and mental health records and diagnoses.

Financial information

Financial information must be included as documentation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical expenses show what you had to spend out of your own pocket for the injuries you subsequently suffered after the medical mistake, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or other incident. You should also include your insurance information to show the difference in how much your insurer paid versus what you paid.

Work-related losses

If the medical malpractice caused you to miss time from work and your pay, any paperwork from your employer can serve as evidence in your claim. You might even be able to receive a letter from your supervisor that attests to the time and wages you missed while you were out recuperating. You can also ask your employer for pay stubs that show your normal rate.

You might also want to include other documentation such as photos, journals you kept about your declining condition and documents from the doctor and other parties. This could be letters from the doctor, emails or voicemails, instruction manuals describing how procedures, devices or drugs work and anything else that’s relevant to your situation.

Medical malpractice can cause great damage to the victim. These pieces of evidence might help your case.