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What documentation do lawyers need in medical malpractice claims?

Sometimes, even the most clear-cut medical malpractice claim may fall apart in the end, leaving victims bewildered and hurt. Victims must always remember that what is obvious to you, and probably to your injury attorney, still needs to be supported with strong evidence. Documentation is a key element in medical malpractice claims, and without it, your case will certainly suffer.

As you may know, medical malpractice claims in Massachusetts can involve doctors, nurses, hospitals and even product manufacturers. The law empowers you to file a claim against any entity that caused you to suffer harm. In all cases, you need the right documentation.

Consulting with a malpractice attorney will help you identify any specific records you need. In the meantime, you can use the following list to begin gathering documents that will benefit your case.

  • Injury-related bills and invoices you received from all of your medical providers
  • Copies of your insurance policies and documents related to your injury
  • All of the medical records surrounding your injury and any treatment you received after the injury
  • Detailed information about the prescription medicines you take
  • Records detailing any wages you lost because of your injury or illness
  • Copies of any mental health care you receive may also be valuable, even if the treatment does not relate to your malpractice claim
  • Any documents the defendant may have given you before, during or after your injury

Evidence of medical malpractice can take many forms. Often, even the tiniest detail in a piece of documentation may turn the tide in your favor. Leave no stone unturned when it comes to gathering evidence because you can be sure the defendant and his or her legal counsel will be busy doing the same.

Source: FindLaw, "Documents for Your Attorney: Illness & Hospitalization," accessed March 22, 2018

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