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Assessing the Experience of Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys



If you've been injured or someone you love has been killed by a defective drug, you're probably considering a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the drug manufacturer. Often the success of a lawsuit will hinge on the pharmaceutical litigation lawyer you hire to represent you.

Do Your Research

There are countless attorneys in the United States who represent defective drug victims. How do you separate the good lawyers from the bad ones? It pays to do your homework.

First, do some online research:

  • Visit websites like Lawyers.com and type the attorney's name into the site's search engine. The results should include the attorney's profile and some biographical information. Does the lawyer focus his practice on defective drug litigation or does he represent everyone from car crash victims to divorce clients? The more focused an attorney's practice on pharmaceutical litigation, the more experience he or she is likely to have when representing defective drug victims. You'll also want to take note of the year that the attorney began practicing law.
  • Some Lawyers.com attorney profiles also include client reviews and peer ratings. These will help you assess what other attorneys think of the lawyer's abilities and whether clients were satisfied with the lawyer's services.
  • You should also type the attorney's name into Google or another search engine. Do you get many search results? Has the lawyer been interviewed by the media or mentioned in scholarly articles? Does it appear that he or she is viewed as an expert in the area of defective drug litigation?

Interview the Defective Drugs Attorney

Once you've done some online research, consider scheduling a phone or in-person "initial consultation" with the attorney. This is your chance to interview the lawyer and learn more about his or her legal background, experience representing other defective drug victims and style of practicing law. Ask a lot of questions. You want to learn about:

  • How long he or she has been practicing law and how much of the law practice is devoted to defective drug litigation
  • Which lawyers in the firm will be handling your case
  • Other clients the attorney has represented who suffered similar injuries and how their cases turned out
  • How much you'll pay in legal fees

You should also ask the attorney if you can have the names and contact information for a few previous clients. Call those individuals and ask if they'd recommend the attorney.

Ultimately you need to ask yourself whether you feel comfortable and confident hiring a particular lawyer. You only get one chance to sue the drug manufacturer, so you want to make sure you do it right the first time.

Visit LawyerLocator to learn more about mass tort litigation, including defective drug claims and other mass tort cases, or to hire a pharmaceutical litigation attorney.

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