What happens during a medical malpractice lawsuit?

If you suffered an injury, and you believe a mistake made by your doctors or other medical personnel may be either the cause of your injury, or a factor in making your condition worse, then you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to learn whether a lawsuit may be appropriate for you to obtain compensation.

Consulting with a qualified attorney should always be the first step in any potential lawsuit. An attorney who is experienced in the relevant area of law can advise you of whether or not you have grounds for a lawsuit, and what the most effective approach to gaining compensation would be.

If your attorney files a lawsuit on your behalf, the defendants will likely file an answer to your complaint, and a period of discovery will begin. During discovery, both sides have the opportunity to gather evidence from the other side, by obtaining documents and conducting depositions.

When both sides have analyzed the evidence in the case, a settlement offer may be made, based on the strength of the case and the extent of your injuries. The vast majority of lawsuits do settle without a trial. However, if the defendants are not willing to offer a fair settlement, then your attorney will take the case to trial.

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