What You Should Ask Before Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
You were injured by a medical practitioner – now what do you need to ask a medical malpractice lawyer before hiring him or her? Here are some helpful tips.
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. Finally, your lawyer should be clear on all fees and charges that you need to prepare to hire him or her including the expenses you should expect to pursue a court case.
Experience & Knowledge: Lawsuits pertaining to medical malpractice and negligence are complex and may not be easily understood by the jurors. You should hire a knowledgeable lawyer who will be able to explain medical treatments in a way easily understood by regular people.
Try asking the lawyer if he or she is familiar with the medical problem you are facing. Does the lawyer have a clear understanding of the medical problem and why there is possible negligence on the part of the medical practitioner. Will the lawyer be able to explain how possible negligence and malpractice aggravated your medical situation? Has your lawyer handled similar cases and how successful was he or she in handling it?
Willingness To Try A Case: This may come as a surprise, but yes, not all lawyers try court cases. Some lawyers will not handle court cases but will only try to reach for an out of court settlement.
It is important to hire a lawyer who will try cases because insurance companies know that when a lawyer is willing to settle out of court, they will offer settlements that are really low and unrealistic. It is important to ask your lawyer whether they have tried medical malpractice cases in court. Inquire when your lawyer last handled a medical malpractice case that was tried in court and the duration of the said case. 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. Your lawyer should be honest with you – from the first meeting up to the time your cases is in progress. An honest attorney that specializes in medical malpractice and negligence will inform you that the worth of your case cannot be estimated until a case is built and filed.
Fees And Costs: Be sure to verify the fees and lawsuit expenses that you are expected to pay before hiring a lawyer.