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Evaluating Medical Malpractice Attorneys



If you're thinking about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor, nurse, hospital or healthcare professional, your first step is to hire a medical malpractice lawyer. But how do you know whether an attorney is qualified to handle your case? Here are some key things to consider when hiring med mal lawyers.

Ask Questions!

If you're making a big purchase, such as a new car, you probably put time and thought into the process. You do research, get feedback from others who have owned the same make and model, and spend some time sitting in the car to see how it makes you feel.

Those same principals can be applied to the process of hiring a medical malpractice attorney. Ask questions, do your research and talk to other clients. You want to learn about a lawyer's:

  • Education, years in practice and experience handling cases similar to your own
  • Suggested approach to handling your case and proposed trial strategy
  • Thoughts about the likelihood of success in your case
  • Legal fees

Listen Carefully

Make an appointment for an initial consultation with the med mal lawyer, bring any documents related to your case, tell the attorney about your situation, learn more about the lawyer's experience and background, listen carefully and take notes.

Once you've done that, spend some time considering the attorney's answers to your questions. What kind of impression did the lawyer make? Is the attorney trustworthy? Has he or she previously handled cases similar to yours? Was the lawyer reasonable, realistic and approachable?

Do Some Digging

A medical malpractice lawsuit is potentially worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Particularly egregious medical malpractice claims can even bring multimillion-dollar verdicts. You shouldn't necessarily rush the decision to hire an attorney.

Ask the lawyer to put you in touch with some past clients. Of course the attorney will want you to talk to clients who were happy with the outcome of their cases. It's also worth asking if you can talk to a client who didn't recover any money in court. Ask all of the clients a few questions:

  • Were you satisfied with the legal representation?
  • What are the attorney's strengths? What are the lawyer's weaknesses?
  • If a loved one needed to hire a med mal attorney, would you recommend this lawyer?

Finally, visit Lawyers.com or Martindale.com. Both sites include attorney ratings and client evaluations, which allow you to get more candid feedback about a lawyer.

Once you've invested the time to talk to attorneys and do some research, you should be able to evaluate which lawyer is best-suited for your case.

Visit LawyerLocator for more information about medical malpractice or to find a medical malpractice lawyer in your area.

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