Ways To Prove That You Took Your Pain Medication For A Malpractice Suit

For many people, the pain that they suffer in the wake of a medical procedure can take center stage when it comes to legal action. If you've hired a medical malpractice attorney and are building a suit around the fact that you were in more pain that you believe was warranted, you need to be ready for how the hospital's attorneys will fight back against your claim. One counter-argument that you can expect is to hear that you didn't take your pain medication or that you took it improperly. If you're able to document your use of medication in these ways, your case will be stronger.

Statement Of Understanding

One important step that you can take that affirms your position that you understood your pain medication and took it regularly is to submit a statement of understanding to your attorney. This can either be a written statement or a video recording in which you make reference to the names of your certain medications, explain why you're taking them, and attest that you indeed took them as per your physician's instructions. Such a statement can be effective for refuting the defendant's claim that you did something wrong regarding your medication, resulting in your pain.

Prescription Information

Some people can experience pain when they don't take their medication as per the doctor's recommendation. You can strengthen your argument that you followed the instructions by providing the dates — with receipts, ideally — of each time that you renewed your prescription. For example, if you got 30 pills initially and were supposed to take two a day, a prescription renewal receipt dated 15 or 16 days after your first prescription suggests that you ran out of pills when you expected to. In other words, that's because you were taking two a day.

Prescription Journal

If you had to take several prescription medications, you might expect that the defendant could argue that you got confused about your dosages and either forgot to take one pill or took one in the wrong amount. If you kept a prescription journal to keep track of your medication intake, this document can be valuable in your legal case. For example, you might have written the names of each medication that you needed to take daily, and then checked each one off upon taking it. This type of document can further strengthen your case and refute the defendant's insinuation that you were somehow to blame for your pain.