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 some suggestions.
It is important that you find an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer with the will to pursue a case in court for your settlement. A lawyer should also be fair and honest. 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. 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.
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. Can your lawyer explain the potential causes that led to your medical situation? Has your lawyer taken any cases that involved the same medical problem and what were the results?
Willingness To Try A Case: This may come as a surprise, but yes, not all lawyers try court cases. Instead, these lawyers will do all that they can in order to get a settlement out of court.
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. 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 may be a lot of jokes about lawyers and their honesty, but many lawyers remain honest and truthful. 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. 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: It is important that you have a clear understanding of the fees and charges that you need to pay to file the medical negligence lawsuit.