(PRWEB) March 25, 2014
5 Behaviors That Should Be Avoided by Medical Malpractice Victims
1. Lay low! In this day and age of the ever-expanding reach of social media, victims of medical malpractice and their families may unintentionally and inadvertently add to their own grief by posting inappropriate or ill-considered comments, photographs, or videos to various social media websites or other social media forums that end up hurting their medical malpractice claims. Medical malpractice defense attorneys love nothing more than when medical malpractice victims are depicted on the Internet acting offensively or in an inappropriate manner. If something about you is posted on the Internet, even by some other person or in a forum you consider private and “safe,” it is likely that some unintended recipient will find and disclose the embarrassing information.
2. Shut up! Sometimes people are their own worst enemy when they post rambling comments in blog forums on the Internet – statements that are embellished or outright false, just to flame the discussion or to incense another poster. Being faced with your own poorly-worded statements while sitting in the witness chair before a jury at trial is not the best time to try to explain what you said in the past.
3. Don’t do what you say you can’t do! Medical malpractice insurance companies and medical malpractice defense firms will often hire private investigators to surreptitiously investigate (observe, photograph, and videotape) medical malpractice claimants in their own environments to try to catch them doing what they said they can no longer do as a result of their medical malpractice injuries. If there is some activity that you cannot do as often or as well as you used to before the medical malpractice incident, accurately describe your limitations and difficulties in engaging in the activity but don’t say you can’t do something when you can – it is likely that evidence to the contrary will be discovered that you will need to attempt to explain.
4. Keep your personal business to yourself! When people become victims of medical malpractice, they will often describe what happened to them and how it has affected them to friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. People tend to embellish or exaggerate during informal conversations or may make statements that are incomplete or not fully considered. Your own statements, no matter how inartfully they were stated, may be used against you in a legal proceeding in a manner that you did not intend or anticipate.
5. You hired your medical malpractice lawyer for a reason – now listen to him/her! Always follow the advice of your medical malpractice lawyer. If you have a concern or a question (any question) that you have not discussed with your lawyer, call him/her and discuss your concern or question so that you can avoid a situation in which you do or say the wrong thing because you did not know any better. Some people believe that their questions may be stupid or that they do not want to bother the lawyer by asking questions — yet the only stupid question is the one that is not asked!
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