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. 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.
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.
Practice well your 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. 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 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.
To help you through a lawsuit filed against your, these steps should be considered to prepare you on what to do: 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.