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What to avoid during a malpractice lawsuit

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

Even if you have a legitimate case, certain laws and regulations can prevent you from filing a medical malpractice case in New Jersey. It’s important to talk to an attorney who can keep you from taking any actions that might jeopardize your case. Here’s what you should never do if you’re considering a medical malpractice case.

What should you not do in a medical malpractice case?

If you’ve suffered from medical malpractice, your first instinct might be to notify the hospital that you plan to file a lawsuit if you don’t receive compensation. However, this can actually end your case before it begins. When you notify the hospital that you plan to take legal action, you have to file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time. If you don’t file a lawsuit in time, you’ve missed your chance to seek legal action.

You should also avoid signing any documents related to the malpractice. You might end up signing away your right to file a lawsuit without even realizing it. If the hospital tries to get you to sign a document, you could have your attorney review it first. You should also avoid posting about the issue on social media. If the other party finds out, they might comb through your social media and use the information they find to claim that you’re exaggerating your case. For example, they might see pictures of you at a party and claim that you lied about the severity of your injuries.

When should you hire an attorney?

It’s important to hire an attorney as soon as you think that medical malpractice has taken place. An attorney could help you avoid doing anything that might damage your case or limit your ability to file a lawsuit against your hospital or physician.