Doctors train for years and strive to provide the best possible care for their patients. However, even with the best intentions and quality of care, medical malpractice claims occur. In fact, a doctor may do nothing wrong and still face a medical malpractice lawsuit. When a suit does occur, certain physicians do not know what to do and at worst, do things that make the situation more difficult to defend.
Steps to Take Upon Receiving Notice of a Malpractice Claim
Most people intuitively believe that the best defense is a good offense, but when facing a medical malpractice claim, it is best let your lawyer handle defense. Do not contact the patient or the firm representing the patient. Instead, immediately get in touch with your attorney at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Another very important thing to do is to remain calm and be patient. Most medical malpractice claims last from two to five years. Keeping calm and patient will allow a physician to continue giving full attention to their practice.
What Will Happen When Defending a Medical Malpractice Claim
Once the claim is filed and the practice has been notified, there are four steps which will occur.
- There will be an initial discussion with lawyers to discuss the specifics of the case. Be candid and honest, and explain in detail any mistakes made.
- The plaintiff’s attorney will send an interrogatory review consisting of written questions. The physician’s input will be important to answering these questions, but the defense team will complete the final draft.
- The deposition is the most feared aspect of a medical malpractice suit. The doctor will face questions by the plaintiff’s lawyers and a court reporter will record the answers. This will become an official part of the case.
- If the case goes to trial, the doctor will likely testify.
At any point during the medical malpractice claim, the defense team will consider possible defenses. Defenses include breaking expert testimony, damage control, and arguing the absence of causation.
Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Defend Medical Malpractice Claims
The Philadelphia health care lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. know how to best approach medical malpractice claims. Whether the claim is against a new or existing client, we custom-plan each strategy to protect a physician’s practice. Whether your medical practice is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or South Jersey, contact us online for a free consultation or call us now at 215-569-1999.