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. So, here are steps to consider in helping you stand a better chance of winning a malpractice suit against you.
By getting in touch with your insurer, when you see trouble brewing in, your insurer will allocate a claims representative to provide legal assistance and guidance when the need for it comes. By referring your case to a medical malpractice lawyer, especially one who has experience in your field of medicine, you prepare yourself with a defense plan through the expertise of your lawyer. 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
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.
Prepare well your deposition testimony
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. 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.
Helping you win a malpractice case means assisting your lawyer on certain technical aspects on the case which you are more knowledgeable of, such that if you are aware of discrepancies with respect to the medical practice to which it is in conflict with the plaintiff lawyer’s logic, be sure to explain this to your lawyer. 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.
Summary of steps to do in a malpractice suit
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.