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Taking care of your family is always top of your priority list, like all of us. But it can be hard when you’re not doing too well physically.
Suffering an experience of medical negligence can see you struggle to get back on your feet. This is because you may end up sustaining new injuries, as well as not receiving the proper treatment for your initial healthcare problem. This means you might end up in a worse state than you were in when you first tried to find medical help.
So how can you make sure you’re still taking care of your loved ones when you’re not feeling great?
Get some support
If you can, it’s a good idea to lean on others around you at a time like this. When you’re not feeling well, your support network becomes vital. Your family and friends can be a huge help by taking over some of the things you’d usually be responsible for in your daily life. Talk to your network and get an idea of who’s willing to do what.
Think about what you can delegate out. Some tasks may be simple for your partner but take a lot out of you, for example. Dropping the kids off, picking up groceries and making dinner may seem difficult – if not completely impossible. If you can get some assistance with these everyday tasks, you can focus on your recovery.
Look after yourself
After suffering from medical malpractice, you’ll probably need to take some time to get your health seen to. Make sure you look for the best healthcare providers around to help you get back on your feet. You may have to pay some extra to get the best quality treatment possible, but just think about the end result and much better you’ll start feeling.
As well as getting your physical health seen to, you may also benefit from some emotional support. Being let down by medical professionals is a distressing event to go through, so you might find that you need someone to talk to about it. This could be a counselor, a support group for people who’ve gone through what you’ve been through or even just a heart to heart with a close friend. Whatever you choose to do, try not to keep your feelings bottled up inside.
Taking legal action is an option you may not initially consider. But it’s the one that could have the biggest positive effect on your life after an experience of clinical negligence. You’ve been treated negligently when you shouldn’t have been. This needs to be addressed.
Pursuing a claim against your hospital or doctor may often be the last resort, but it can be the most effective. This is because it highlights what went wrong to the organization that treated you, giving them the chance to address it and help prevent it happening to anyone else. A successful legal claim will also see you compensated for what you’ve been through. This will help to cover any extra treatment you need to get yourself back to your best.