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Uncovering the who, what, where and why of medical malpractice

On behalf of Bremseth Law Firm PC posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

After a serious injury is suffered, Minnesota residents want to know how the injury happened and how it can be prevented in the future. These questions can be more difficult to answer with certain injuries, like those that occur from medical malpractice, because it may not be immediately apparent how a doctor's mistakes caused the patient's injury.

Fortunately, a key component of a medical negligence case is gathering information that may be necessary to prove the claim. For instance, parties to the case may submit interrogatories to the other side. These are questions aimed at gathering information about the parties and the issues in the case.

Interrogatories, as well as other discovery methods, can inquire into a broad variety of information about the case. There may be questions about the doctor's background, including the doctor's training, education and background, and whether the doctor has been subject to any disciplinary actions in the past.

Questions may also be asked about the details of the incident. For instance, obtaining the names of all nurses or other medical professionals who were on shift is important, as well as identifying any others who may have knowledge of the matter. Further discovery can then be pursued with these individuals, including depositions or other tactics aimed at gaining all relevant information.

Ultimately, discovery is an essential part of any lawsuit, as it is used to flesh out the evidence and witnesses who are key to the case. It can be particularly important in medical malpractice cases, however, in order to uncover all of the facts that led to the tragic injury at the heart of the matter.

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