FAQ: What Happens After a Medical Malpractice Case is Filed?
At PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, we understand that the steps involved in a medical malpractice case can be overwhelming— especially as you strive to put your life back together. Many of our clients have wondered what happens after their medical malpractice case is filed?
According to our medical malpractice team, after a medical malpractice case is filed, it enters a phase known as “discovery.” The discovery involves both sides sharing information before going to trial. The discovery process can typically be broken down into two portions:
Written discovery includes “interrogatories.” These are written questions that the opposing side will send your attorney for you to answer. Questions you have to answer in a medical malpractice case might range from personal information and history to anything you may know about the medical malpractice claim.
Next, there are Requests for Production (RFPs). RFPs are requests the attorney will send to the opposing side for specific information. Such information may include a hospital’s handbooks and guidelines, a physician’s licensing information, insurance policies, any articles or textbooks the physician uses, etc.
Following written discovery are depositions. Depositions are testimony that is under oath, as if you were actually in the courthouse. Depositions are used by attorneys to gather all the information everybody knows and to find out what would potentially be said at trial.
Negotiate a Settlement
Following the discovery phase, all parties will get together to try to negotiate a settlement to end the lawsuit. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the case will go to trial.
How We Can Help
If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, it is best to contact an attorney who can walk you through the complicated legal process. The PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, has years of experience specializing in medical malpractice cases. We offer free consultations and will talk through your situation with you before making a recommendation, never charging a cent unless we win compensation for you.
Contact our team of medical malpractice attorneys directly at (316) 683-9080. We look forward to speaking with you!