If I file a medical malpractice lawsuit, will I have to testify in court?

In many cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit will be resolved before it reaches court. There are many reasons why settlement is beneficial to both parties in a medical malpractice case. Trials present risks to both sides. Also, the defendant may want to avoid airing in court what may be serious medical errors or systemic problems with a hospital’s policies and procedures. If a settlement is offered, your medical malpractice attorney will negotiate with the defendant’s attorneys and discuss your options with you. No settlement can be made without your permission.

If your medical malpractice lawsuit goes to court, most of the testimony will come from expert witnesses who will explain medical aspects of the case. If your testimony is important to your case, your attorney will see to it that you are well prepared.