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The documents you'll need in a medical malpractice case

As previous post highlighted, medical malpractice cases can be notoriously hard to prove. These cases can get highly technical, with various medical details making each step of the process sometimes seemingly more difficult than the one before it. In a medical malpractice case, quite a burden falls on the injured party. That means that are expected to keep detailed and accurate records and provide the right documentation to their attorneys.

First and foremost, all documentation of relevant medical records will be needed. These records will likely provide details regarding the type of care that was provided by all of the medical professional involved: doctors, nurses and surgeons. More importantly, these records will have the names of the individuals who provided care and when, allowing the medical malpractice lawsuit to identify the correct defendants.

The plaintiff will also need to provide documentation of any prescription medications that were ordered. In some medical malpractice cases, there could be issues regarding the amount or type of medication prescribed. Insurance information can also become important in many cases.

Lastly, all of the medical bills that were received will likely be needed. These bills, besides showing the amounts that were charged for the care received, will also probably provide details as to what procedures or testing were completed. This can provide a clue as to whether or not the medical professionals complied with the appropriate standard of care.

Illinois residents who have been the victim of medical malpractice will need to be sure that they keep and organize all of the relevant documentation that might be needed in a lawsuit. This will help progress the process, helping an injured patient protect his or her rights and interests along the way.

Source: FindLaw, "Documents for Your Attorney: Illness & Hospitalization," Accessed March 12, 2017

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