Injured by a Doctor or Other Health Care Provider?
Most health care providers are competent, careful professionals, but treatment errors can happen in a variety of settings, from the operating room to the pharmacy. When sub-par medical care causes preventable injury to a patient, it can give rise to a viable medical malpractice lawsuit, and talking to a medical malpractice attorney could be your best first step toward protecting your legal rights.
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will anticipate and effectively deal with the complex legal and medical issues that often arise in these kinds of cases, and will almost certainly have relationships with the kinds of qualified medical experts and consultants who are often the key to any successful medical malpractice claim.
While most medical malpractice cases settle, a fair resolution is no guarantee, so it’s crucial to make sure your case is in capable hands. Whether it’s a missed diagnosis or a surgical error, if you suspect that you’ve been harmed by a care provider’s negligence, it may be time to explore your legal options, and having an experienced medical malpractice lawyer on your side can make all the difference.
Looking for a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the lawyer’s experience with medical malpractice cases like yours (those involving a similar medical error and/or those against a similar health care provider, for example)
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the local court system, and with the special procedural rules that often apply to medical malpractice lawsuits
- how often the lawyer takes a medical malpractice lawsuit to trial (as opposed to settling)
- the role of others who will work on your case (support staff, consultants, medical experts, etc.)
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to your case (including contingency fees and how fees might increase as the case progresses)
- how long the case might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your medical malpractice case.