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. So, here are steps to consider in helping you stand a better chance of winning a malpractice suit against you.
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. It would also be wise to seek for a medical malpractice lawyer, especially one who has experience in your field of medicine, so he/she can prepare out a good defense plan for the case. It is important to gather all documented records of your patient showing proofs that you performed your duties according to the standards and protocols of medical practice.
Don’t tamper with 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.
Knowing that during the trial you are under oath, so practice and master well your testimony and know every angle of your evidences, since the plaintiff lawyer will use it to cross examine you during the trial. It is a tactical diversion of a plaintiff lawyer to attack you once he/she uncovers your weakness, during the cross examination, therefore, when you answer his/her questions, do so, objectively, and be calm and composed.
Assist your attorney on the technical 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. In the course of hearing your justifications, be prepared to provide a sensible reason for the actions you took while treating the patient, as well as explaining the decisions you made and have the patient’s records at hand as a guide while you undergo the process of justifying your course of actions.
Reviewing the steps on what to do in a malpractice case
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.