What You Need to Ask a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to medical malpractice, what should you ask a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury law? Here are some suggestions.
You should look for a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge plus the guts to file a case for your benefit. A lawyer should also be fair and honest. A lawyer must also inform you what he or she charges as well as the expenses associated with filing a case.
Experience & Knowledge: Lawsuits pertaining to medical malpractice and negligence are complex and may not be easily understood by the jurors. A good medical malpractice lawyer should be able to explain simply and clearly so that medical treatments can be understood by ordinary individuals.
Ask the lawyer how familiar he or she is with your medical problem. Does your lawyer understand why there is reason to believe there has been negligence on the part of the practitioner? Will the lawyer be able to explain how possible negligence and malpractice aggravated your medical situation? Has your lawyer successfully handled cases that involved similar medical situations?
Willingness To Try A Case: This may come as a surprise, but yes, not all lawyers try court cases. There are lawyers who will simply avoid handling court cases and will instead look to settle the case outside of court.
Insurance companies know that when a lawyer is willing to go for an out of court settlement, they can save a lot of money by giving a really low ball offer. It is important to ask your lawyer whether they have tried medical malpractice cases in court. Ask when was the last time he or she tried a medical negligence case in court and how long the trial lasted. You will be able to gauge, based on a lawyer’s answers, whether he or she is indeed willing and able to go to court.
Honesty: There are plenty of jokes about the honesty of lawyers but you need not worry because most lawyers are still honest. It is vital that your lawyer is honest from the time you first discuss your situation with him or her up to the time you reach court decision. If your attorney is indeed honest, he or she will tell you that it is impossible to provide an estimate on how much your case is worth.
Fees And Costs: Be sure to verify the fees and lawsuit expenses that you are expected to pay before hiring a lawyer.