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The process of a Maryland medical malpractice case refers to the various steps involved in a case from start to finish. A doctor has injured you, and you have questions and need help. The process starts when you contact the Kopec Law Firm for a free consultation. You speak directly with Mark Kopec. He is a top-rated Maryland medical malpractice lawyer. Usually, during the initial call, attorney Kopec can tell you if we can further investigate your case.
Investigation Process for the Maryland Medical Malpractice Case
If we can further investigate your case, we will send you the investigation engagement documents. These include the contingency fee attorney agreement and medical records authorization. These documents then allow us to start the investigation by getting your medical records.
The medical records are the core of the investigation. They will have details of your medical complaints and everything the doctors did. These details include test results. All of the entries have the date and time.
Suppose our analysis of the medical records reveals the potential for medical malpractice. In that instance, we send the records to an independent doctor who will review them and give an expert opinion on whether there is medical malpractice. Maryland law requires an expert certification.
Once an expert certifies the claim, we can file your case with the Health Care Alternative Dispute Office. We will waive arbitration and transfer your medical malpractice case to the circuit court.
The Circuit Court issues a scheduling order to set the case’s dates and deadlines. It may include the trial date, which will be the last event in the case. The process from filing in the circuit court until the trial date can often take between a year and a year and a half.
The discovery period has the first group of deadlines. During this time, the parties exchange documents and written questions. They designate expert witnesses and can take the depositions of all witnesses.
The Maryland medical malpractice case process continues with the pretrial period. The parties can file motions asserting that they are entitled to judgment on one or more claims and to limit the evidence at trial. At this time, the parties will often mediate the case. There also is a pretrial conference with the court at which the parties meet with the judge to discuss the motions and the trial.
The trial begins the final period of the Maryland medical malpractice case process. The parties then can file post-trial motions and have a right to appeal.
In addition to the links throughout this process page, we provide additional resources for your case.
Contact the Kopec Law Firm for a free consultation. to start this process for your case. You will speak directly with Mark Kopec. He is a top-rated Maryland medical malpractice lawyer. He will use his 30+ years of legal experience to walk you through the process of your Maryland medical malpractice case. Call 800-604-0704.
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