Jon Perry, Esquire, of Rosen, Louik & Perry, recently authored this piece for PAJustice News.
When the hospital and physicians in whom you have placed your trust provide you with negligent care, or commit a medical error, what can you do? You may be faced with overwhelming physical and emotional pain. Your overall health and emotional functioning may have been permanently impaired. You may have lost income. You may be forced to spend large sums of monies for doctors, hospitals and other items necessary for proper care and treatment, and you may be forced to spend additional sums in the future. One the most important decisions, hiring the right lawyer, could mean the difference between getting fair compensation for your injuries or an unjust settlement that does not cover your medical bills, wages or future expenses.
At the invitation of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's risk manager and director of patient safety, Neil Rosen recently spoke to physicians associated with UPMC about being deposed as a defendant during the discovery phase of medical malpractice litigation. Rosen, who almost exclusively represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases, cautioned those in attendance that they should take their deposition very seriously, as a poor performance makes defense of the case more difficult and increases the value of the case from the victim's perspective.