Hiring the right Medical Malpractice Lawyer

It is very important that you ensure that the lawyer you hire to deal with your medical malpractice claim is experienced in medical malpractice law. Before you approach an attorney, make sure you know about the previous cases they have worked on, whether they have a particular specialization in terms of your type of injury (e.g. birth defect, brain injury etc), how many cases they have taken to trial and how many they have settled.

Medical Malpractice Litigation

Although the vast majority of medical malpractice claims do settle before they get to trial, you want to be sure that your medical malpractice attorney is not afraid to face a jury in order to prove your case. Further, insurance companies are likely to do their homework on your attorney and will know if they are the type of lawyer who likes to settle cases (and therefore you risk obtaining a lower settlement.) You can also check with the state bar and the Better Business Bureau to ensure that there have been no complaints filed against the attorney in question, as well as checking your attorney's references.

Contingency Fees

A large number of attorneys practicing in this area of law work on a contingency basis. This means that their fee comes out of your settlement, and they only get paid if they (and you) win the case. What this means in real terms is that they are likely to work harder for you, although the flipside is that it can also mean that those who have weaker claims are not easily able to find lawyers to take on their cases.

Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)

As there are strict time limitations on medical malpractice cases (between one and four years), your attorney needs to be familiar with having to work to tight timescales. It is only in the most exceptional cases that lawsuits can be filed more than two years after the alleged malpractice took place. Many questions need to be asked and considered before the claim is filed, especially in relation to the nature of your injury or illness, what was explained to you before and during the procedure or treatment, whether you had surgery, whether you had symptoms that were misdiagnosed, and what type of monetary value (damages) can be put on the loss that you suffered as a result.

Seek Legal Advice

Medical malpractice lawsuits are harder lawsuits to win than other types of litigation. There are many elements that have to be satisfied in a claim. As a result, it is very important that you seek legal advice as soon as you are sufficiently recovered enough to do so. Regardless of whether you are claiming for yourself, or on behalf of another person who has died or someone who is permanently incapacitated, it is highly advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

If you beleive you or someone you love may be the victim of medical malpractice, you can request a consultation with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer to discuss the details of your case.

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