Improving Your Chances on Winning a Medical Malpractice Case
As a doctor, be realistic with the fact that doctors practicing in a specialized field of medicine 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.
Get in touch with 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 important to gather all documented records of your patient showing 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.
Knowing that during the trial you are under oath, so practice and master well your testimony and know every angle of your evidences, since the plaintiff lawyer will use it to cross examine you during the trial. During the cross examination, the plaintiff lawyer will make a lot of accusations on you, so he/she can unveil your weakness so that once he/she uncovers it, he/she will use your weakness to attack you during the trial, so it is imperative that you be calm and composed when you answer the questions objectively.
Assist your attorney on the technical aspects
Since your lawyer may not be able to understand fully the technical aspects of your case, it will help him/her be enlightened on the medical applications of the 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. In the course of hearing your justifications, be prepared to provide a sensible reason for the actions you took while treating 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.
Reviewing the steps on what to do in a malpractice case
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.