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What to Expect if you Retain a Lawyer to File a Medical Malpractice Claim

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care that is required in their practice area. Medical malpractice often results in severe injuries, disabilities, and even wrongful death. If you or your loved one has been a victim of serious medical malpractice, you may be able to file a medical malpractice suit. However, navigating the legal battle and achieving a favorable outcome requires careful preparation.

1. Consult With an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, and not all lawyers are equally well-versed in it. It’s essential to seek legal representation from an attorney with extensive experience in medical malpractice cases. They can help you understand your rights, assess the strength or viability of your case, and offer advice on how to proceed. Also, ensure that the attorney works on a contingency fee basis, which means they only get paid if you win the case. 

2. Don’t Sign Anything Without Legal Advice

One of the common mistakes that plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case make is signing a settlement or medical release form without consulting an attorney. These forms may include a clause that bars you from filing a claim or pursuing further legal action. Therefore, seeking legal advice before signing any document related to the case is crucial.

3. Be Prepared for the Deposition

Once your attorney files a medical malpractice claim on your behalf, you will likely need to give a deposition. A deposition is testimony taken under oath, where you’ll be asked questions about your medical history, treatment, injuries, and impact on your life. Preparing for a deposition requires honesty, accuracy, and consistency in your statements. 

Harrisonburg Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Filing a medical malpractice case can be overwhelming, but with the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can navigate the legal battle successfully. Don't hesitate to take action and protect your rights if you've been a victim of medical malpractice. Our team at Obenshain Law Group is ready to help. Contact us at (540) 318-7360 today to get started on your case.