What to Bring to an Initial Consult with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
November 6, 2015
When medical professionals make mistakes that cause you harm, consulting with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be the best way to find out your options for financial recovery.
While you do not, of course, have to prepare anything for your first meeting with an attorney, if you do have time to get the following items together to bring with you, you may be able to get more precise answers about your options, the value of your case and the next steps for moving forward.
Items to Bring to a Meeting with a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical records and/or test results – If you have access to or copies of your medical records and/or any medical testing you have recently undergone, bring these documents with you to the consult. These records will likely contain notes from medical professionals who treated you, potentially revealing the specific points at which mistakes were made, results were misread and/or you were not delivered the appropriate care for your condition.
- Information about the medications you may be taking – If you are taking any prescription medications (or have taken medication for your condition in the past), bring information about these prescriptions with you. Specifically, note the name of each drug, the dosage, the directions for use you were given, the name of the prescribing doctor and the name of the facility that filled the prescription. Depending on your situation and condition, this information can also reveal when you may have been subjected to medical mistakes or negligence.
- Medical bills – Regardless of whether the bills have been paid or are outstanding, bring copies of these invoices with you to the consult as well if you have them readily available. Medical bills can detail the nature of the diagnostic testing and/or medical care that was provided to you. And these details can indicate when the wrong testing was done, inappropriate care was administered, etc. Your bills will also provide a basis for calculating the compensation to which you may be entitled to if you choose to proceed with a medical malpractice case.
- Other items – Depending on your situation, there may be other documents to gather and bring with you as well, such as (but by no means limited to) insurance information or correspondence, evidence regarding lost wages, written opinions from other medical professionals about your condition, etc.
Contact a Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer at the Savage Law Firm
If you have been harmed by any type of medical negligence, you can rely on a Portland medical malpractice lawyer at the Savage Law Firm for experienced help and aggressive legal advocacy. For more than three decades, our lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention and the highest quality legal services. And they are ready to get to work helping you with your financial recovery.
To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.