Improving Your Chances on Winning a Medical Malpractice Case
It is a fact, nowadays, that doctors that specialize in a high risk field of medicine actually run the risk of being sued for malpractice in their course of their medical career. Note down these helpful steps which might help you get a better chance of winning a malpractice case.
Inform your insurer at the earliest sign of trouble
It is important to inform your insurer about the earliest sign of trouble when you think that a legal suit will be filed against you, so your insurer can allocate a claims representative to provide legal assistance and guidance when the need for it comes. Also, it would be good to seek the legal assistance of a medical malpractice lawyer, especially one who has experience in your field of medicine, so he/she can prepare out a good defense plan for your case. It is also good to prepare and gather all documented records of your patient to establish proofs that you performed your duties according to the standards and protocols of medical practice.
Never attempt to reconstruct the medical records of your patient, because by doing so, this move will be used against you, establishing in court that you altered the records and, thus, you lose your credibility, as well as your chances of winning your case.
Practice well your testimony
By mastering well your deposition testimony, you are well prepared to answer the cross examination of the plaintiff lawyer during the trial, so it is important that when you practice your testimony it will assisted by your lawyer. Be aware of the fact that the cross examination will try to uncover your weaknesses for the plaintiff lawyer to use that weak point to attack you, so be calm and composed as you answer the questions objectively.
Help your lawyer on the medical aspects
It is important to assist your lawyer to be enlightened on certain medical aspects on your case and also letting him/her know the discrepancies with respect to the medical practice to which it is in conflict with the plaintiff lawyer’s logic. Be well prepared in being able to deliver your justifications on the actions you took while you treated the patient, as well as explaining the decisions you made and have the patient’s records at hand as a guide while you undergo the process of justifying your course of actions.
Remember that malpractice lawsuits are common among doctors who specialize in a field of medicine and the following are steps to prepare if a lawsuit is at hand: call your insurance provider so you are provided with a legal expert, do not alter the medical records, practice your deposition testimony with the help of your lawyer, assist your lawyer in explaining the technical aspects, and maintain your cool during the cross examination.