How to Choose the Right Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Your Claim
Choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer for your case can be challenging, especially given the raw emotion involved when a loved one experiences an injury or even death. Researching possible lawyers and having open conversations with firms can lead you to the best representation for your unique situation.
Do Some Research
Conduct some preliminary research to find the best medical malpractice lawyer for your claim. A quick google search for “medical malpractice lawyers near me” is a great way to start.
Once you have found some lawyers in your immediate area, read reviews left by previous clients. Reviews generally focus on knowledge, experience, judgement and other professional factors. But keep in mind that some reviews may be unfairly negative if the victim didn’t receive their desired settlement amount. When in doubt, it’s best to give the attorney a call and see what you think for yourself.
It is also important to do some research regarding the attorney’s professional experiences. Contact the state and bar association to ask about the lawyers you are considering. They should let you know if any of them have had any issues or problems with the bar association and if their license was ever suspended, even if for only a temporary period. If this is the case, look into another option.
Ask for Recommendations
Ask your friends, family members, and coworkers if they are aware of any medical malpractice lawyers in the area. If they aren’t, talk to other lawyers since they might have some connections in the medical law world.
Assuming your primary care physician is not the one you are bringing a case against; you could ask them if any of their patients filed a Medical Malpractice claim and how their experience with their attorney was.
Even though recommendations are a helpful tool, make sure you still meet with the attorney before hiring them to form your own opinion about whether they are well-matched to your case.
Meet with Potential Lawyers
Once you have narrowed down your selection to some of the top medical malpractice attorneys, schedule a meeting to discuss their previous experience and your case details. Most firms offer a free consultation to discuss your case and if it would be possible to represent you.
Before your meeting, collect all the relevant information for your claim like your medical records. Also, have proof of the injuries or death on hand so you can provide accurate information.
During your meeting, it is important to have an open dialogue with your potential medical malpractice lawyer. Make sure you give them all the necessary information so they are knowledgeable about your specific situation and can make an informed decision about your representation. Ask them if they have had any previous experiences with Medical Malpractice cases and what the results were. If the specific claim you are opening ended in death, ask if they have experience with Medical Malpractice claims ending in death. These cases tend to be a bit more difficult since the key witness is unable to testify.
Additionally, ask what percentage of that firm’s cases involve Medical Malpractice. If it is only a small percentage, they may be lacking enough experience to take your case head on. Also, confirm whether there is a staff member present who is qualified to understand complex medical documents.
Consider Your State’s Medical Malpractice laws
Each state has its own rules and limitations that apply when it comes to filing a Medical Malpractice claim against an organization, hospital or individual. For example, in Michigan, the statute of limitations is two years. So, you need to start looking for an attorney shortly after the injury or death occurs.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. offers a no-obligation consultation so you can familiarize yourself with the process of filing a Medical Malpractice claim in Michigan. Give us a call at 1-866-MICH LAW (1-866-642-4529) to discuss your case today. There is no obligation for a case evaluation, and no fee is charged unless recovery is made.