In Seven Costly Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases, Dr. Burton Bentley of Elite Medical Experts LLC writes:
Although the rate of negligence claims against medical providers has begun to level off, the cost of litigating these actions has risen dramatically. Vast amounts of time and money are lost when attorneys — whether retained by plaintiff or defense — pursue a non-meritorious case or litigate a worthy case inefficiently. Beware of the following costly errors:
MISTAKE #3: NEGLECTING TO MASTER ALL OF THE RELEVANT MEDICAL FACTS AND TERMS.
Healthcare negligence cases span the breadth of medicine and science. It is critical for you to have a thorough working knowledge of all medical facts and terminology that pertain to your case. This expertise translates into comfort and confidence that strengthens your authority and provides a competitive edge. Although medical terminology may be found in any book, having your expert work with you to provide case-specific explanations is a time-saving and vital requirement.
MISTAKE #4: NOT AGGRESSIVELY PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES AND PARTIES.
Although all attorneys prepare an outline for depositions and trial, successful litigators often rely upon experts for strategic planning. The expert may be the attorney’s designated expert, or the attorney may elect to use an additional non-testifying expert. With their reports and analyses typically protected by work-product rules, non-testifying experts are free to assist in all aspects of case preparation. They provide insight that complements the work of the testifying expert and they can be an excellent source of probing and pivotal questions for use in deposition and trial. A well-planned and executed strategy fortifies your case from the outset. It is imperative to work with one or more experienced experts to get you there.
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