Finding a medical malpractice attorney isn’t always easy. The problems isn’t the fact that there aren’t a lot to choose from, because there are! The hard part is finding the right one for you and your specific situation. Many people decide to go with the attorney who has the best commercial on TV or ad in the newspaper, that is not how you should choose your medical malpractice attorney. Although finding the perfect attorney for your needs won’t be easy, it is possible and there are things you can do to ensure you get the right one.
Obviously attorneys need to “sell” themselves to you so they will promise you they can give you a ton of compensation money, but you need to be careful of the attorneys that promise more than what seems realistic. Most of the time those attorneys are just trying to get your business and can’t actually deliver that promise
Before you even talk to medical malpractice attorney, the first thing you need to do is figure out if you even have a legal case. The reason I say this is because assuming there was malpractice and having proof there was are two different things. It is tough to get proof if you don’t have it already.
If you are positive there is a case to be had, then looking for a medical malpractice attorney is your next step, but you need to be very careful when choosing the right attorney for your case. The best way to choose an attorney is to interview multiple ones and use their answers to figure out who will be a good fit for you.
Here are five questions you should ask during your interview with the medical malpractice attorney:
Who Will Be Handling The Case?
Believe it or not, the person you are talking to on the phone might not be the actual person handling the case. You need to ask them if they will be handling the case by themselves or if there will be another person handling the case. You want to be able to talk directly to the attorney, not some middleman.
What Are Their Qualifications?
You need to make sure the attorney is qualified to handle this specific case, one of the best ways to figure this out is to explain your situation to them and see if they have any experience with similar situations in the past and whether or not they won. A medical malpractice attorney is legally required to tell you the truth about their qualifications.
Do They Belong To An Organization?
You want to find a medical malpractice attorney who is part of certain groups and organizations that talk about this practice. The reason for this is because usually only the attorneys that are actually passionate about their jobs and want to help are the ones that are apart of organizations and groups.
How Much Do They Charge?
You want to hire a lawyer that only gets paid if you win. There are a lot of lawyers and attorneys out there that will collect your money even if you don’t win. When you hire an attorney who only requires you to pay if you win, you really aren’t losing any money, they will just take a certain percentage of the compensation you receive.
What Are Their References?
It is ok to ask them for references, preferably from past clients. If they are an experienced medical malpractice attorney who has a history of being successful they will have plenty of references for you to call.
Don’t be afraid of interviewing multiple medical malpractice attorneys, the more you interview the greater you chances of choosing the one that is right for you.