How and when to change doctors when a medical malpractice action is pending?
May 31, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
Recently I sustained a permanent disability due to surgical negligence. Several malpractice firms are willing to take my case on contingency, and I am in the process of deciding which attorney to go with. In the meantime, I am continuing to receive care from the negligent surgeon. Obviously I need to end this relationship and find a new specialist. How do I make the transition?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (4 answers total)
I assume that I should find a new specialist before I start the legal process. But how do I explain to my new specialist why I'm leaving the care of the old surgeon? I am worried that I won't receive the same quality of care if my new medical provider knows that I am involved in a malpractice case. Also, how do I explain my request to transfer my medical records while I'm still supposed to be receiving postoperative care? Won't the old surgeon know that something weird's going on?
Please help me with any advice to make this transition be as smooth and drama-free as possible. I'm in the USA (if that's relevant) and my throwaway is email@example.com