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How to Help Your Lawyer Prepare for a Medical Malpractice Case

If you have been the victim of physician negligence or medical malpractice, your main focus should be on returning to good health. However, when hospital bills, lost wages and other expenses begin to pile up, filing a lawsuit is often necessary.

While preparing a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is essential to try to keep stress to a minimum. Often, the best way of achieving this is to enter into the process knowing what to expect. Here is what you need to know.

Your Initial Consultation

Most reputable personal injury lawyers will offer a free consultation to victims of medical malpractice. During this meeting, the lawyer will assess your case and outline your options going forward. It is also your chance to ask questions and, if appropriate, determine whether you are comfortable proceeding with a lawsuit.

Some items you should bring with you to the initial consultation include medical records and other documentation related to your case, photos of your injuries, copies of medical bills, insurance information and even past paystubs if your condition has resulted in missed work and/or lost wages. The more information you can provide, the more accurate and honest your lawyer will be about your chances for success.

It is important to remember that medical malpractice lawsuits can take months or years to resolve. During this time, your lawyer is someone you’ll have to work closely with.

Investigating Your Claim

Once you’ve agreed to work with a medical malpractice lawyer, the investigation process will begin. This involves several steps, including notifying the doctor and facilities involved, contacting your state’s medical board, confirming the incident does not fall outside of the statute of limitations and collecting the evidence and expert testimony that will form the backbone of your case.

During this time, your lawyer will gain a clearer picture of the specifics of your case and begin to develop a strategy for moving it through the legal system.

The Path Forward

Not all physician negligence lawsuits end in a trial. In fact, many lawyers can often reach an out-of-court settlement, either through negotiations with the insurance company or through arbitration. No matter how you choose to proceed, it is important for you maintain good communication with your legal team throughout the process. That way, there are no surprises that could potentially jeopardize your claim. Let your attorneys know if your condition changes in any way, and they will adjust their strategy appropriately.

Ready to Get Started? Contact Shulman Rogers Today

The medical malpractice lawyers at Shulman Rogers can handle any case involving misdiagnosis, hospital negligence, nursing home abuse and more. Headquartered in Potomac, Maryland, we are licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. If you would like to explore your options for pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit, contact our office and schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with one of our team members.

9 thoughts on “How to Help Your Lawyer Prepare for a Medical Malpractice Case”

  1. I like your advice on what to bring to your first consultation with a personal injury lawyer. If I were planning on going to a consultation, I probably would have known to bring photos of the injury and relevant medical records. However, I wouldn’t have thought about bringing paystubs from before I got injured, but that’s a great way to determine exactly how much the injury costs. Thanks for the advice!

  2. I really like that settlement is an option for medical malpractice cases. When you’re dealing with this type of situation, I can imagine that going through court could be taxing on everyone. In my opinion, using a negotiation or out-of-court settlement is a good option for ensuring that the case doesn’t drag on for years.

  3. The investigation topic you commented on is really interesting. I never how many steps there were to ensure a good case. Having a backbone in a case is absolutely essential. My sister is going through this experience now. I hope she did enough investigation.

  4. My friend recently was given some medicine that made him very ill and had to be hospitalized. You mentioned that most reputable personal injury lawyers will offer a free consultation to victims of medical malpractice. What other services do these kinds of lawyers offer that is different from regular attorneys? It seems that it could be beneficial for him to hire an attorney.

  5. I like that you acknowledged that medical malpractice cases can sometimes take several years to resolve. My mother has had a running case for a while now, and I know that working closely with her attorney has been a relief in her struggle. It requires her to worry less about the process, especially since it’ s been taking a while to process the case. She doesn’t have to dwell on it the same way she would otherwise have to dwell and worry because she has a good attorney to fight for her case. Thanks for the pointers!

  6. I like that you said that once we’ve agreed with a medical malpractice lawyer, the investigation will begin. If I was going to hire a lawyer then I would want to know that they will start trying to help me right away. It might be a good idea to look at the reviews of the lawyer and the prices when you are deciding on which one to choose.

  7. Nice Information but I have a question what difference does a medical malpractice lawyer have a personal injury lawyer because I have seen a friend of mine consulting a personal injury for a medicine side effect issue.

  8. I have a good friend who thinks she may have a medical malpractice case on her hands, but she isn’t sure what to do or who to ask if she does or not. I like how this article talks about your initial consultation with a lawyer because this seems like a great time for my friend to ask all of her questions about whether or not she has a case. It seems to me like the more questions you ask, the better off you’ll be. Thank you for the information!

  9. That seems useful that a lawyer can contact your state’s medical board. That way a physicians conduct can be compared to the statutes set in place by a given state. Malpractice can significantly effect your quality of life, so I can the see the value in a suit.

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