f you've been harmed by a doctor, you probably feel bewildered—doctors are supposed to be trained, competent, regulated, and caring! We respect doctors so much that we don't expect them to ever cause harm. And yet it happens, and if it's happened to you, you need a skilled New Hampshire personal injury lawyer to help you make your case and get the compensation you need and deserve.
In every case, the parties must go through a process called discovery. This is a set of mandatory rules about what the parties must provide to each other. Some of it is automatic—you are required, no matter what, to give the doctor's lawyer certain documents pertaining to the case and the arguments you intend to make. He or she is also required to give you certain documents. You'll need a lawyer to help you know what you have to give to the other party and how to prepare it and show the court that you've complied. Another part of discovery is not automatic, but you have the opportunity to ask for additional documents and responses to questions from the other side. You'll need to make the most of that opportunity, because the answers you receive will probably be crucial to proving your case. Without a lawyer who knows how to navigate and succeed in discovery, your chances of winning your case are much lower.
In medical malpractice cases, the doctor will almost certainly be represented by a very skilled lawyer provided by his malpractice insurance coverage. That means you can expect to be up against an expert litigator who will do whatever it takes to win the case for the doctor. You can't afford to use a lawyer who doesn't know how to handle complicated cases and intense litigation. You need a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer, who will do what it takes to prove your case.
It is also important to have a lawyer who is a skilled negotiator. The cost of defending against a lawsuit at a court trial tends to be quite high, and many malpractice insurance companies would rather pay your costs than pay the costs of a trial and still risk losing. A good lawyer will be able to make a persuasive case to the other party that your own case is very strong and not worth going to trial to defend against. The other side may then agree to a settlement, or a mutual agreement that you will be paid a certain amount of money in return for dropping the lawsuit.
As in all lawsuits, gathering evidence is crucial. Without strong evidence, you won't be able to persuade the other side that settlement is in their interests or to make your case at trial. Medical malpractice cases tend to be very complicated and to deal with medical and scientific issues that are difficult for non-doctors to understand. Your lawyer needs to be able to learn the medical issues at stake, and also to find the right expert witnesses who can credibly make conclusions about what happened, and what should have happened. You'll probably have to undergo one or more medical evaluations, which will allow your lawyer to conclusively prove that you suffered harm as a direct result of the doctor's actions, and to prove what the consequences of your suffering have been—additional medical costs, pain and suffering, fear and trauma, missed work, disability, and decreased earning capacity going forward.
A New Hampshire personal injury lawyer will prevent you from being overrun by an opposing party who knows the issues and terms much better than you do, and the opposing party's lawyer who is an expert in defending such cases and will exploit any statements or mistakes you make. Call Liberty Legal Services today for a consultation and a way forward past your pain.
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