Questions to Ask Your 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.
First of all, you should find an attorney who has experience, knowledge and the willingness to pursue a court case. Honesty is also a very important factor when looking for a lawyer. 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.
It is alright to ask a lawyer about the depth of his otr her understanding with your medical situation. 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.
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. 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 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.