That's a great question - one that a lot of people ask (or should ask), so you're not alone.
Here's what you need to get started for a medical malpractice case in DC, Maryland of Virginia:
First, if you have a life changing injury, like cerebral palsy, paralysis or brain damage after a hospital stay in DC, you are smart to start the process of investigating whether you have a medical malpractice case that could help you or your family get the resources you will need to take care of yourself or your loved one.
This starts with the medical records. Make a list of the doctors and hospitals you or your loved one has seen, and contact the hospitals and doctors to get copies of all of the medical records. Many now have electronic medical records and can give these to you on a disc. If you are requesting records for a loved one, you will need a power of attorney, guardianship order or some documentation that you are the one who can order the medical records.
If your child was the one who was injured due to malpractice, you (as the parent) are entitled to those records, you can fill out a form at the hospital or request those. There is nothing special you have to do, because that is your child.
You'll need a good medical malpractice lawyer to review everything for you - remember, the evaluation of a medical malpractice case is different than just determining what happened, it is analyzing the medicine and the law in the jurisdiction to make sure you and your family can get a meaningful recovery and hold the healthcare provider accountable. That takes a lot of time and effort in working with expert physicians, so don't wait on this. The sooner this gets moving, the closer you are to providing the resources needed for lifetime care, home modifications, nurses to care for you or your loved one at night, and all the things someone with a serious injury needs, not just to survive, but to thrive.
You have the right to handle any case on your own, without a lawyer (and for small injury fender bender cases we tell people that all the time) but this is different. These cases are complicated, expensive to investigate and pursue and filled with traps - most lawyers can't handle these cases.
How can we help you get started do you can focus on getting better or taking care of your loved one?
We've published a lot on medical malpractice in DC, Maryland and VA based on over 25 years of helping people (especially kids) through this, and we even have a form that will help you find the best malpractice lawyer for you and your family. Hint: Don't believe everything you see on TV (do you want a TV lawyer at the trial of a life changing case for your family? How will the jury react? Will they think you have a good case, or that you had to get a lawyer from TV commercials?)
So really all you need is the medical records and the best malpractice lawyer for you and your family. We can help you with both.
Just call us at (202) 393 - 3320 today for a list of our free, no obligation books, guides and reports on medical malpractice in the DMV. We'll get the free info out to you today and you can get started.