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What to do as the victim of medical malpractice

Pittsburgh is known for many things, including its world-class hospital systems. And while there are many highly qualified medical professionals throughout the area, that doesn’t mean they’re perfect.

If you suspect medical malpractice, such as the result of a surgical mistake or medication-related error, it’s important to take the right steps. Here’s what you should do:

  • Discuss your concerns: Don’t delay in discussing your concerns with the provider, as to learn more about what went wrong and the impact on your health. This gives you the opportunity to gather more information.
  • Seek a second opinion: It’s safe to assume that your confidence in your provider is shot. So, you need to find someone you can trust to take over your care and help you recover.
  • Collect evidence: Any evidence you have that’s related to your concerns is evidence you should collect and keep in a safe place. This will work in your favor should you decide to take legal action against the negligent provider.

While there’s a lot you need to do, your health and well-being is your top priority. Your goal is to quickly understand what went wrong and then stabilize your situation to the best of your ability.

As time allows, you can then turn your attention to the cause of the malpractice, the person (or facility) that was responsible and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights. It’s not something you want to deal with, but you’ve been put in a bad situation so it’s important to hold the negligent provider responsible for their actions.