Here are 3 rookie mistakes you or your lawyer could make that will lose your medical malpractice case.
1. You're not familiar with the specifics of filing and serving a medical malpractice case in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Each jurisdiction has different requirements for medical malpractice cases - procedures you need to follow before filing the case or serving it on the defendant hospital or doctor, different statutes of limitations, different damages and different requirements for proving the standard of care or qualifying expert witnesses.
2. You don't have the right experts in the right specialties ( and you don't have more than one per specialty). What happens if one of your experts tanks in his deposition? Or leaves the country on vacation? Or just gets sick? We prepare for every contingency - with multiple experts per specialty and expert witnesses in every specialty the patient's care required. Do not cut corners or save money here - get the best people and pay them accordingly.
3. You don't investigate the case properly. Have you read the medical literature? Hired consulting experts who are very pro hospital and pro doctor to give you the "other side" - what the defense will argue? Have you reviewed everything and gotten every record? Have you reviewed the original medical records? You need to anticipate everything before you file the case.
How do you avoid these 3 ways to lose a medical malpractice case?
Start with the right lawyers - the best lawyers for you and your family. Make sure they are Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, have written materials and published information they can give you, have actually gone to trial for patients in medical malpractice cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia, know all of the hospital and doctors insurance company risk managers and defense lawyers. Have them explain the process of a medical malpractice case - from start to finish.
So talk to us and see if we're right for you and your family. And let's see if we can help you - if we can, we want to get started right away, so call us today, because unlike a lot of law firms, we limit the number of clients we work with so we can focus everything on making things better for every person and family we represent.