What You Should Ask Before Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a medical provider, what are the questions you need to ask a medical malpractice lawyer that you want to hire? Here are some helpful tips.
First of all, you should find an attorney who has experience, knowledge and the willingness to pursue a court case. Also, you will want a lawyer who will tell you the truth. 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. A good medical malpractice lawyer should be able to explain simply and clearly so that medical treatments can be understood by ordinary individuals.
It is alright to ask a lawyer about the depth of his otr her understanding with your medical situation. Does your lawyer understand why there is reason to believe there has been negligence on the part of the practitioner? Can your lawyer prove and defend how and why your medical problem was caused by medical malpractice? Has your lawyer taken any cases that involved the same medical problem and what were the results?
Willingness To Try A Case: It’s true – some lawyers will not try court cases. There are lawyers who will simply avoid handling court cases and will instead look to settle the case outside of court.
Insurance companies know that when a lawyer is willing to go for an out of court settlement, they can save a lot of money by giving a really low ball offer. It is important to ask your lawyer whether they have tried medical malpractice cases in court. Inquire when your lawyer last handled a medical malpractice case that was tried in court and the duration of the said case. The answers you will hear will help you realize whether a lawyer is willing to go to court for a client.
Honesty: There may be a lot of jokes about lawyers and their honesty, but many lawyers remain honest and truthful. It is vital that your lawyer is honest from the time you first discuss your situation with him or her up to the time you reach court decision. 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.