Questions to Ask Your 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 suggestions.
You should look for a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge plus the guts to file a case for your benefit. Honesty is also a very important factor when looking for a lawyer. Lastly, you should be informed about the charges and fees your lawyer will charge you as well as the expenses that go with filing a case.
Experience & Knowledge: Jurors are usually lay people who do not completely understand the complexities of lawsuits resulting from medical malpractice. You should hire a knowledgeable lawyer who will be able to explain medical treatments in a way easily understood by regular people.
Ask the lawyer how familiar he or she is with your medical problem. 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 handled similar cases and how successful was he or she in handling it?
Willingness To Try A Case: It’s true – some lawyers will not try court cases. Instead, these lawyers will do all that they can in order to get a settlement out of court.
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 pertinent to ask a lawyer that you want to hire if they have handled medical malpractice cases that were tried in court. Inquire when your lawyer last handled a medical malpractice case that was tried in court and the duration of the said case. 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. An honest medical malpractice lawyer will inform you that he or she will not be able to give an estimate how much your case is really worth.
Fees And Costs: Be sure to verify the fees and lawsuit expenses that you are expected to pay before hiring a lawyer.