The Importance of Credibility in a Medical Malpractice Case

As a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case, your credibility is the most aspect in your chance of success. If the jury does not believe you, you will lose your case before it even begins.

If you feel that you have a medical malpractice case, you will first meet with a Maine medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your case. If your facts are not believable, or do not support the medical documents, you will have a hard time finding an attorney to take your case.

The Deposition and Trial

You will give a deposition, or a sworn testimony and that can be used against you when you go to trial. This is a question and answer session where the medical provider’s attorney will consider your responses, evaluate your credibility, assess your witness potential, and report these findings to the insurance company.

During trial, the jury will be constantly evaluating your:

  • Body language
  • Facial expressions
  • Attire
  • Tone of voice and any hesitations before answering
  • Statements made
  • Confidence

If You Lie

Any lie that you tell will undoubtedly come back to hurt your case, no matter how small. If a witness is found to have testified falsely about even one aspect, the whole testimony will be thrown out. Therefore, if there is something damaging about your case that is bound to surface, it’s best that you reveal it yourself, and explain in detail. If the defense attorney gets this information out of you, you will not have that opportunity.

If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, please fill out the online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to pair you with a Maine medical malpractice lawyer, if your case appears credible.