If you’re in a situation where a negligent physician has caused you pain and suffering, financial damages or worse, contacting a medical malpractice lawyer is the first thing you need to do to get compensated. Malpractice attorneys will, obviously, need some of your most closely guarded personal information to be able to pursue your case successfully. Don’t let this intimidate you out of filing a medical malpractice claim. No matter what you’ve been through and no matter what medical conditions you suffer, you can be certain that the attorney has likely dealt with such conditions before and you can be assured of their professionalism.
It’s always unnerving to have to share medical information with anybody. Understand that attorney/client privilege is one of the oldest and most respected working relationships in the world. Anything you share with your attorney will be considered confidential and will not be shared with anyone without your consent. You will, however, have to face the fact that, at some point, some of this information will have to be shared in court. When you understand the potential benefits, you’ll understand why it’s oftentimes worth it for the victims of malpractice to go through with this and to have the courage to share this information in a court of law.
Helping the Jury
Part of an attorney’s job is to persuade a jury to find in favor of the client, of course. In order to do this, your attorney has to provide the jury with all of the relevant information to your claim so that they can understand what you’ve been put through and why medical negligence was an issue for you. Your attorney will oftentimes have to engage expert witnesses to back up your claim. All of this is done so that the jury gets a complete picture and so they can get to the point where they can give an informed ruling on your claim.
There’s no reason for you to worry about meeting with an attorney for free as part of a consultation and sharing your medical information with them. Medical malpractice attorneys are bound by very strict codes of ethics and, aside from that, they certainly wouldn’t be in business for long if they got a reputation for being untrustworthy with their client’s information. As far as sharing your medical information is concerned, you can trust your attorney every bit as much as you would trust any physician.