Medical malpractice can leave a path of devastation in the lives of victims for years to come. In some cases, people even experience effects of the malpractice for a lifetime. If you’re concerned that you might be a victim, there’s 5 important things to expect when you contact a malpractice expert. Here they are.
1. You will be asked for medical records
Medical records are at the heart of every medical malpractice case. Those records will contain details of your medical malpractice case and the things that you endured related to the medical procedure or relationship in question. An expert needs to review these things to get information about your case that support your claim of medical malpractice.
2. You’ll probably need to sign a Affidavit of Merit (AOM)
You will need to be served to the doctor that is under investigation (the doctor or healthcare professional you say harmed you). It must be signed by a doctor with similar expertise as the doctor you are serving the Affidavit to. For example, if he’s a family doctor, you would have a doctor with similar expertise sign it (another family doctor).
3. You will be asked a lot of questions
You won’t just be asked questions by the opposing lawyer in court and during the investigation, but your own lawyer is going to need to ask you a lot of questions. Be prepared to answer them and be in a good state of mind to answer them. Understandably, when you’ve been harmed by a healthcare professional, it can be difficult to answer questions like this. Try hard to make yourself as comfortable as possible and be prepared for a lot of questions.
4. Be ready for settlement discussions
Many healthcare professionals choose to settle these types of cases rather than go to court. Be prepared for this type of discussion. It is during this time that your expert will let you know if they believe you should settle for the amount that you’ve been offered. In some cases, it’s a good idea. In others, the offers of compensation will be insultingly low and you might want to go ahead and pursue the case in court. Let your expert tell you what is the right thing to do. They know best.
These are just a few of the things you can expect when you pursue a case like this. It’s a tough road ahead. Malpractice lawsuits sometimes involve the death of a loved one or permanent injury and they can sometimes be emotionally upsetting. It’s natural to experience strong emotions during the case and for some people, they might need counseling during the duration of the lawsuit.