If you’re faced with a malpractice lawsuit, you may feel that the entire litigation process—from discovery to trial—is beyond your control. But there is one very important element that you can control: your own testimony. Because the courtroom differs from the exam room or the surgical suite, and because opposing counsel’s job is to attempt to discredit you, being prepared is a must.
Physicians can start the preparation process by reviewing these basic tips before testifying:
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The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.