We often hear stories about people winning sizable amounts in medical malpractice lawsuits, but rarely do we here about the hundreds of people who lost their cases – even though losing the case at trial is the more common outcome. There are many challenges in trying a medical malpractice case, including proving the doctor’s negligence and convincing the jury. With Philadelphia trial support services from Precise, lawyers have the tools they need to present a powerful, persuasive case.
What Must Be Proven?
Existence of a doctor-patient relationship – First the lawyer must show the relationship between the client and the defendant, which sets up the legal responsibility of the doctor to provide the client with competent medical care. This a fairly easy thing to prove: if the doctor provided treatment or a diagnosis to the plaintiff – or agreed to do so – then the relationship is substantiated.
Proof of the doctor’s negligence – To do this, a lawyer must first establish the medical standard of care and then show how the doctor deviated from that standard. The medical standard of care refers to the type and level of care that a similarly trained, competent health care professional would provide under the same circumstances. Expert witnesses (doctors or other healthcare professionals) will then be asked to testify as to how the defendant failed to meet that standard of care. Their testimony often involves descriptions of complex medical procedures and medical jargon that has no meaning to a jury of laypersons – the very persons you need to be convincing.
With Precise’s expert medical illustrations in Philadelphia, we can convert x-rays, CT scans, and medical procedures into clear, understandable visuals. We also offer interactive dispositions as part of our Philadelphia trial support services, allowing the expert witnesses to interact with the exhibits via a telestrator and give greater depth of understanding to their testimony. These medical malpractice visuals are also beneficial to our next point:
Demonstrating the link between the doctor’s negligence and the patient’s injury – It is not enough to prove a doctor’s negligence, one must also prove that their actions (or non-action) directly resulted in the plaintiff’s injury or worsened condition. The opposition will try to claim that the client’s injuries are related to an underlying medical condition or some other cause rather than the sub-standard care they received from their doctor. By using our Philadelphia medical illustrations and animations you can clearly demonstrate the doctor’s role in the injury.
Expert Philadelphia Trial Support Services
From powerful trial animations to detailed medical illustrations, Precise’s fleet of trial support experts in Philadelphia have the skills to help you craft a persuasive case without costing you a fortune. If you wish to benefit from our expertise at your next trial, contact us today.