If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you have a right to pursue justice and get compensation for your injuries. Before you file, however, you will need the help of an experienced medical attorney. But with so many choices out there, what questions should you ask before you make your decision of who to hire?
Here are some things to consider when interviewing a potential medical attorney to represent you:
Does he or she specialize in malpractice law? Malpractice laws vary from state to state, and can be extremely complicated and confusing. It is crucial to the success of your case that the attorney you choose to represent you be an expert in these laws.
How long have they been practicing? Everyone has to start somewhere, but you will have a much better chance of winning your claim if you hire a medical attorney who has years of experience in practice.
How many cases has he or she successfully settled? A lawyer’s track record can speak volumes, so find out before you make your decision.
Do they have references? Nothing provides a better testimony to an attorney’s success than a satisfied client. Ask if there are any written statements from former clients that you can review.
How does payment work? Medical attorneys are usually only paid a percentage of the award their clients receive, but you want to know up front if this is the case and if so what percentage they expect to collect.
What kind of staff do they have, and will they have the appropriate time and resources to represent you? You want a medical attorney who is available to you should you have any questions or concerns, so beware of those that seem overwhelmed or understaffed.
Is he or she associated with any reputable law associations? It isn’t easy to become a member of many of these associations, so this is often a way to weed out the better attorneys from the less desirable ones.
Of course, these are just a few of the questions you can pose when interviewing a potential medical lawyer. You should feel comfortable asking him or her any other question that will help you make a decision.
You want to be successful in your malpractice claim, so be sure you properly review and choose the right medical attorney for you, so you have the best chance in getting justice.