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What You Should Ask Before Hiring 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 a few suggestions.

You should look for a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge plus the guts to file a case for your benefit. Also, you will want a lawyer who will tell you the truth. 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: 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.

Ask the lawyer how familiar he or she is with your medical problem. 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 successfully handled cases that involved similar medical situations?

Willingness To Try A Case: It’s true – some lawyers will not 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. When discussing your case with a medical malpractice attorney, ask them how many cases pertaining to medical malpractice have they brought to 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: You will hear a lot of lawyer jokes, but the truth is most lawyers are indeed honest. It is important to be able to find an attorney who is honest all throughout – from the initial meeting up to the time the case progresses. 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.

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