The Texas legal process to impose liability for medical malpractice can seem labyrinthine. There are a number of rules, and legal strategies may require additional steps throughout all stages of a lawsuit. Although, it may be tempting to rush through the process, doing so could negatively impact one's claim and, thus, his or her ability to recover compensation. Therefore, those pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit need to ensure they are taking the legal steps necessary to build a strong case.
One way to do this is to conduct depositions, especially key witnesses. Before engaging in litigation, each side will typically conduct discovery. This is the process where each side learns what information the other side has and how it may be used at trial. It is the best way to gauge the strength of the other side's case, anticipate their arguments and build one's case accordingly. One aspect of the discovery process is conducting depositions, which is recorded questioning of a witness.
The purpose of a deposition is two-fold. First, a deposition allows one to discover what information the witness possesses. Second, a deposition essentially locks a witness into testimony. Therefore, if the matter goes to trial, a party knows how that witness will testify. If the witness strays from the deposition testimony, an attorney can use it to call the witness's trial testimony into question.
Depositions are preliminary, but they can be a critical piece of trial preparation. For this reason, along with other forms of discovery, need to be competently handled. Skilled and experienced medical malpractice attorneys, like those at our firm, have years of handling discovery, which is why we have been able to have so much success. To learn more about how discovery may benefit one's case, hospital negligence victims can speak with an attorney with whom they feel comfortable.