Steps in 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. Try to weigh down these steps which might help you get a good 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. 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.
Be confronted with the fact that medical records are backed up in different data bases and any attempt to change or reconstruct the records can be detected; therefore, leave the records as it is to avoid using the altered records as a point against you, charging against your credibility, and losing your chances of winning the malpractice case.
Practice and master your 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. It is a tactical diversion of a plaintiff lawyer to attack you once he/she uncovers your weakness, during the cross examination, therefore, when you answer his/her questions, do so, objectively, and be calm and composed.
Assist your lawyer on the medical aspects
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. Be prepared, too, for a proper justification of the actions you took while treating your patient and be able to explain the decisions you made and, while doing this, you bring the patient’s records to guide you through this process.
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.