What can be done if first lawyer says you do not have a medical malpractice case? To put the question another way, if you have had a lawyer look at your case, and the lawyer declines the case, what are your options moving forward?
If you are reading this Maryland medical malpractice educational article and are confused on this issue know that you are not alone. I sometimes get phone calls from people who have questions about this same issue. With that said, by the end of this article and supporting video, you should know how to tackle this issue.
STEP ONE: HOW IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE PROVEN IN MARYLAND?
Maryland law requires certain elements to be proven in a medical malpractice claim. Essentially you need medical experts testify as to the standard of care owed to you at the time and whether your treating doctors departed from the standard of care, causing your injury.
Your medical experts will come to this conclusion by reviewing your medical records and other pertinent information available. Once this analysis is complete you should have a good idea as to the strength and weaknesses of the case.
WHAT CAN BE DONE IF FIRST LAWYER SAYS YOU DO NOT HAVE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE?
If your lawyer does an investigation into your situation and comes to the conclusion that you do not have a good claim, you can move on to another lawyer for a second legal opinion. Remember, when a lawyer gives you their thoughts on your case that is that lawyer’s opinion. Another lawyer may or may not agree with that assessment.
If you step back and assess the situation, this same thing happens in the medical arena. When a patient feels the need to get a second opinion from another doctor, they make it happen. Getting a second legal opinion can work the same way.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
Hopefully now you understand what can be done if first lawyer says you do not have a medical malpractice case. If you would like to speak with me further regarding what is going on in your life right now this is what I invite you to do.
Pick up the phone and give me a call. I can be reached at 301-850-4832. I answer medical malpractice and birth injury questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815