What You Should Ask Before Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a medical provider, what are the questions you need to ask a medical malpractice lawyer that you want to hire? Here are some helpful tips.
It is important that you find an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer with the will to pursue a case in court for your settlement. Honesty is also a very important factor when looking for a lawyer. A lawyer must also inform you what he or she charges as well as the expenses associated with filing a case.
Experience & Knowledge: Medical malpractice cases can be complicated and jurors are usually not experts in personal injury law and medical malpractice. Because the jurors may not be able to completely understand the complexities of medical treatments, the lawyer should be able to explain medical treatments in a clear and simple way.
Try asking the lawyer if he or she is familiar with the medical problem you are facing. Does your attorney really understand your medical situation and why malpractice or negligence caused you further injuries? Can your lawyer prove and defend how and why your medical problem was caused by medical malpractice? Has your lawyer taken any cases that involved the same medical problem and what were the results?
Willingness To Try A Case: Although it may seem silly or absurd, not all attorneys will handle court cases. There are lawyers who will simply avoid handling court cases and will instead look to settle the case outside of court.
Lawyers who will not try cases will receive really low settlement offers from insurance companies who know that they will not be brought to court. When discussing your case with a medical malpractice attorney, ask them how many cases pertaining to medical malpractice have they brought to court. Find out if he or she recently handled a medical malpractice case, if that case was tried in court and how long that trial lasted. Based on the answers given to you, you will be able to tell if a lawyer is indeed willing 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. Your lawyer should be honest with you – from the first meeting up to the time your cases is in progress. 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: It is important for you to know and understand the expected fees and charges that you will be shouldering to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.