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Is Publicity Good or Bad for Your Medical Malpractice Case

Apr 17, 2015 | Medical Malpractice

You have suffered significant injuries because of the wrongdoing of a doctor or hospital staff and you are planning to start in stage one in the medical malpractice lawsuit process. However, before you enter stage one, you might be wondering if publicity is going to be good or bad for your case.

Publicity can Work either Way for a Medical Malpractice Case

The answer is it might be good, but then again it might not. There are instances when publicity could be bright and rosy for your medical malpractice case. Such publicity could generate public outcry and public outrage about what has happened to you. This will put pressure on the defense and the insurance company to settle the case earlier rather than later. By the time the case goes to trial, public opinion would be so much in your favor that it might be hard for the jury to not rule in your favor. In such instances, publicity can help your case.

When can Publicity be Dark and Dreary for Your Case

However, let us turn this around. If an attorney is generating publicity for the following reasons, it is not going to be helpful for you case. Such instances include:

· If the attorney is using publicity to influence the jury, then the defense is going to criticize your case and let the judge know about it, and that could hurt your credibility and your case before it ever really begins.

· If the attorney publicizes the case to gain notoriety, to become well known as a medical malpractice lawyer, this would not be ideal for your case.

· If the law firm is doing the publicity to generate more cases, and letting the public know that they are handling this type of work, it is not going to benefit you directly or your legal mission.

When can Publicity Help Your Medical Malpractice Case

On the other hand, if the publicity is done for the purposes of recognizing that the public has a greater need to know this information, then it could be helpful. The public will be agitated about what has occurred, this will put pressure on the defense and insurance company, and it will make them realize that this case has to be settled sooner rather than later. Only in such instances, publicity can actually help a medical malpractice case.

Many times, we read in the newspapers or see in the media, a particular medical malpractice case being publicized while so many other cases are not in the news. This can make you ponder why so much publicity is being given for this one case.

Well, you need to see the publicity in the light of the explanations given above, and you will understand if the publicity is good or bad for that particular case. Generally, people might think that publicizing the terrible wrongdoing of the doctor might bring about more support from the public. However, this may not be always so, and the publicity might be viewed in a different light which could undermine your altruistic intentions.