A 'Motion to Compel' was filed by defense in my med mal case for 23rd of this month. Do I have to appear? What do I need to do?

Asked over 1 year ago - Cincinnati, OH

I filed a medical malpractice complaint in 2008. Requests for rog's and docs was requested and completed on both sides. My case was dismissed in 2/2011 by my attorney at the time and re-filed in 2/2012 by another attorney who has since quit. After my case was re-filed, defense again requested rog's and doc's. I was supposed submit by last May I think... I didn't comply because I've been dealing with many health issues brought on by the botched surgery (I didn't consent to) I'm suing about. I only learned about the 'Motion to Compel' last night via the Internet. I just happened to look my case up on-line.. I did't receive anything via mail. 1) Do I need to appear on the 23rd? 2) If so, what do I need to have me with, if anything? Thank you for any advice on this

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If I comply and submit the requested information now, will I still need to appear next Wednesday for the 'Motion to Compel' and be prepared to 'explain' the delay? I already signed all medical release forms after my case was re-filed so they have all the needed medical/disability information. And, they have all other pertinent info related to my case because because I answered rog's and produced docs the first time my complaint was filed. It's not as if I've been holding back on info they need and don't have. They have it.

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  1. David J. McCormick

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    Answered . If you do not have an attorney then of course you need to appear. You should also explain to the judge then you never received any paperwork and found out about the hearing on the internet. You really need an attorney because your failure to provide this information could result in the dismissal of your case.

    Good luck.

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  2. Joseph Jonathan Brophy

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    Answered . A motion to compel is a step toward getting your case dismissed for failure to provide discovery. Your case has already been dismissed once. Now you don't have a lawyer. Without a lawyer, you don't stand a chance. Find yourself a lawyer or drop the case.

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  3. Michael Lewis Eisner

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    Answered . Did your old lawyers tell you why they were withdrawing from the case? The motion to compel is just the tip of the iceberg for you. I suspect that you also haven't hired expert witnesses that are likely required to prevail. For these reasons and more, I would discourage anyone from handling a medical malpractice claim on their own. That being said, call the Court and ask if it is an oral or a non-oral hearing. You will have to file an opposition to the motion. If you are past due, you will need to file a motion for additional time. You should also call the defense attorney (if you currently don't have an attorney) and try to work out the discovery dispute. Following Court deadlines and requirements is critical in all cases.

  4. Sean Michael Patrick

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    Answered . Generally the court will make a tenative ruling. If you are unsatisfied with the tenative ruling you will need to appear. Prior to a motion to compel, counsel are often required to "meet and confer' meaning that they need to contact each other and try to work out their discovery disputes. You need to prepare to argue why you should not have to provide the information they are requesting as well as the applicable law and legal reasoning behind the law. I would recommend finding an attorney who will fight for you. Best of luck.

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