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Documents to gather in relation to medical malpractice

There is nothing simple about a medical malpractice claim. This is particularly true since you are more worried about your health than anything else.

If you feel you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to do two things:

-- Determine the steps you can take to improve your health.

-- Begin to gather documents in relation to the claim.

As you begin to gather documents, you will find that some are easy to come by. You will also realize you have to work harder to find and collect others.

Here are some of the many types of documents to gather:

-- Medical records. It goes without saying that this is the most important, as you want to be able to prove what type of care you have received. Your medical records are of utmost importance, so continue to collect information associated with every appointment, treatment, and procedure.

-- Insurance information. This includes both health and disability insurance.

-- Evidence of lost wages. Did you miss time at work due to an injury or illness caused by another party? Make note of how many days you missed, as well as the financial impact.

These are just some of the many types of documents you need to gather in relation to a medical malpractice claim. As a general rule of thumb, if you think something is important it probably is.

Nobody wants to be involved in a medical malpractice claim, but if you find yourself in this position it is essential that you have all the necessary documentation.

Source: FindLaw, "Documents for Your Attorney: Illness & Hospitalization," accessed Aug. 04, 2015

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