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What are the important documents in a medical malpractice case?

Our readers in Illinois know that it is an unfortunate reality that many people who go to a hospital or doctor for medical treatment end up worse off than they were prior to the treatment. The cause? Medical malpractice. News reports these days commonly cite how, even despite the advances in technology with healthcare, medical mistakes are causing more injuries and illnesses than perhaps ever before. When an Illinois resident suffers from a medical mistake, it may be time to consider pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

So, when a lawsuit is necessary, what are the important documents that Illinois residents will need to have on hand? Well, first and foremost - and perhaps obviously - it is important to have full and complete copies of your medical records. These documents, even beyond what was involved with the treatment during which a mistake was made, can be extremely useful in showing a person's past health status in comparison with the status after the medical malpractice occurred.

Next, along with medical records, Illinois residents should also be sure that they have a complete history of any prescription medications they were given by medical professionals. As most people know, many medications have side effects, which can be very important to monitor during medical treatment.

Lastly, anyone who is pursuing a medical malpractice claim will need to have copies of all of the bills and invoices pertaining to the treatment they received. This can be used to show how financially crippling the effects of medical malpractice can be. Insurance information is also crucial, as it will show which charges were covered by insurance and which the patient was forced to pay out-of-pocket. Every medical situation is unique, so there may also be other documents that are necessary, depending on the case.

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