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.
Contact your insurer at the earliest sign of trouble
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. 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. Collect all documented records of your patient to establish proofs that you performed your duties according to the standards and protocols of medical practice.
Avoid altering the medical records of your patient
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.
Prepare well your deposition 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. 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.
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. 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.