A medical malpractice case against a D.C. hospital, doctor or HMO is always tough to prove. Expert physicians in different specialties need to testify that the doctors didnt follow established rules and that led to the patient's injury. Many jurors naturally favor doctors - most people like their own doctor, so you're starting out at a disadvantage.
Here are 3 things you shouldn't do (they will only make your case - any case, harder)
- Hide stuff from your doctor - prior injuries, treatment, conditions. Not only could it impact diagnosis and treatment options, but you will not look credible in any lawsuit - like you were hiding something.
- Hide stuff from your lawyer - this is a killer. If I'm surprised by something because a client wasn't truthful, its over. And if jurors think you were hiding the truth, you're done.
- Don't go back to the doctor or follow up. If the doctor tells you to come back for an appointment, get a test, call back, or something similar - do it. If something goes wrong and you haven't done everything they told you to, they can use that to blame you, even if it wasn't your fault.
Medical malpractice cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are hard enough - most of the time, hospitals and doctors win. So don't make it harder on yourself.