What is a Certificate of Merit?
Before you can even file a medical malpractice case, you will likely need a certificate of merit, which declares that your case will hold water in court.
An expert - usually another doctor or healthcare provider - must review your relevant medical records and confirm that your doctor departed from standard medical practice, which resulted in injury to you. Essentially, this expert must sign off on your case. Your case is often not deemed legitimate until your attorney files the certificate of merit.