So you’ve decided to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although medical malpractice lawsuits are more common than you might think, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a serious undertaking. Medical malpractice occurs alarmingly frequently, with the Journal of the American Medical Association reporting that 225,000 people die every year from medical malpractice. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, however, you’ll be up against not only a medical professional and their lawyers, but quite often a hospital’s legal team as well. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you choose a good attorney. This in itself can be easier said than done. With that being said, let’s explore how to choose a good attorney when pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
There is nothing wrong with asking for a referral. Even if you don’t know someone who has pursued a medical malpractice lawsuit personally, you still can look online for local referrals. Think about checking a community social media group on sites like Facebook or Reddit. There are also boards and sites that cater to those who have pursued or are pursuing medical malpractice lawsuits. Don’t be afraid to ask for opinions on attorneys.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney will generally have a website, or at least a Google page, through which you can find reviews and testimonials. The more reviews and attorney has, the more experience they have generally accumulated. Read reviews to get an idea of what you can expect from your attorney.
Many lawyers offer free consultations or at least a reduced fee in exchange for a consultation. This is the time to ask as many questions of your potential attorney as possible. Don’t just spend the time explaining your case; ask about how they would best handle it themselves. A good lawyer will be forthright, confident, and most importantly, honest about what they can potentially do for you.
Consider whether or not your lawyer is a part of a big firm with a lot of resources. Ask them about their associations, as well as their network. It’s important for medical malpractice attorneys to have a network of experts that can potentially help in your case.
Don’t feel alone if you’re facing a malpractice lawsuit. You have options, and a good attorney can help you pursue them.