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  • Writer's pictureAgu Obasi

Injury or loss from medical negligence; How to get justice.

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

When you or a loved one is injured from a negligent act of a healthcare provider, you are faced with a difficult decision of how to get justice. Most patients are confused on what to do because they do not know the best procedure to adopt to ensure that they are adequately compensated for their injury or loss.

The first thing to bear in mind is that you can only be compensated for the injury or loss you can prove was caused by your medical provider. Here, documentation is key. You must get your comprehensive medical record which must clearly show what action or inaction the provider took that directly caused your injury or loss.

You must enlist the help of medical experts in the same area of specialization to establish that the act that resulted in the injury was actually negligent.

You must know the relevant laws and procedures that regulate the patient's complaint protocol in your area.

You must notify the healthcare professional of your injury or loss and demand remedial action.

If you are not satisfied with his response, you must lodge a formal complaint with the appropriate adjudicating body as soon as possible to ensure that your claims will not become stale because of what is called the statute of limitation which is the provision of the law that stipulates a time limit within which a claim for injury or loss caused by medical negligence can be filed.

Do not settle your claims too prematurely. Always seek the best medical and legal counsel before you resolve your complaint.

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