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Proving Medical Malpractice can be Difficult

In a perfect world, everyone who suffers from negligence during a surgery would be compensated accordingly so their life and can get back on track as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the world we live in. All too many times it boils down to your word against theirs.

If you’ve found yourself in this situation, what’s the next move you should make? The best answer is finding the perfect medical malpractice lawyer for your case. They’ll be able to do all the heavy lifting so you can focus all your energy on recovery. For those curious, here’s why it can be so hard to prove medical malpractice in the first place.

Your Issue To Prove

The rule of thumb when it comes to legal proceedings is that it’s not what you know but what you can prove. You and your loved ones know you haven’t been feeling right since surgery, and the opposing lawyers are going to do everything they can to make that seem coincidental. The opposing counsel will suggest that other happenings in your life are the cause of whatever issues you are now facing.

Your legal team will need to prove, without doubt, that substandard care was given to you and that is the reason you are now having health issues. Not only will building your case take time and effort but it will also take money. First the work will be on you and your family; make sure everything is being done to get all the relevant information to your lawyers as soon as possible.

Going Against The Experts

The doctor that performed your surgery is treated as an expert in their field. There will be the strong assumption that they understand completely what they are doing. While it is not directly you versus them but your legal counsel versus theirs.Your side will still have to overcome the perception that the doctor knows best.

It’s never going to be impossible to win over a jury but those selected to proceed over your case will likely have an unconscious bias in favor of the doctors because that profession is seen as trustworthy and the absolute authority on all things in the medical world.

The Cost Of It All

Time is money. Typically, attorneys will cover initial expenses throughout the case with the intention that they will be paid back through the compensation awarded in the settlement. Given much more research is needed when it comes to medical malpractice, there will be higher costs than other types of legal cases.

When these costs can’t be covered, it is possible that your legal counsel does not have the resources to build the best possible case. Since, as mentioned earlier, the burden of proof lies firmly on your side, it can quickly become extremely expensive simply to have every detail laid out to put in front of the courtroom. You know what happened to you but it can become quite costly to make sure that’s completely clear to a jury.

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