When you suffer preventable injuries at the hands of a doctor, you want to receive the proper justice. Though compensation can’t completely cure the trauma you experienced, it can help to get you back on track. It is important to be as prepared as possible for your medical malpractice case because they aren’t easy to win. Here are the steps in the trial process in a medical malpractice case.
When preparing to go to trial, both parties involved have to disclose who their medical expert witness is (expert witnesses are required in these type of cases). You also need to gather your other witnesses, which are the people that will testify to how your injuries have impacted your daily life. You may be called as a witness as well, so make sure you are prepared for that. You will also likely to be required to go through a trial briefing, which is when you briefly present your arguments to the judge.
The Trial Itself
The first step of the trial is the voir dire process, which is when the jury is selected. Both parties will then present their opening statements, which summarize the arguments each side will be making. After this, your medical malpractice attorney will present your case. They are trying to show the jury what the doctor at fault should have done (the standard of care), that the doctor failed to do it (breaching the standard of care), and the injuries you received as a result, or the damages.
This is when the jury decides who should win the case. If you win the medical malpractice case, the jury will decide how much you will receive for damages. Damages are categorized as economical (money that can be directly accounted for i.e money lost from missed work days and spent for extra doctor’s appointments), non-economical (the emotional injuries), and punitive (extra damages are a result of intentional harm). The amount you can receive in damages depends on the extent of the damage as well as laws that vary from state to state.
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