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Questions to Ask Your Medical Malpractice Lawyer

You were injured by a medical practitioner – now what do you need to ask a medical malpractice lawyer before hiring him or her? Here are some helpful tips.

First of all, you should find an attorney who has experience, knowledge and the willingness to pursue a court case. A lawyer should also be fair and honest. A lawyer must also inform you what he or she charges as well as the expenses associated with filing a case.

Experience & Knowledge: Medical malpractice cases can be complicated and jurors are usually not experts in personal injury law and medical malpractice. A good medical malpractice lawyer should be able to explain simply and clearly so that medical treatments can be understood by ordinary individuals.

Try asking the lawyer if he or she is familiar with the medical problem you are facing. Does your attorney really understand your medical situation and why malpractice or negligence caused you further injuries? Can your lawyer explain the potential causes that led to your medical situation? Has your lawyer handled similar cases and how successful was he or she in handling it?

Willingness To Try A Case: Although it may seem silly or absurd, not all attorneys will handle court cases. There are lawyers who will simply avoid handling court cases and will instead look to settle the case outside of court.

It is important to hire a lawyer who will try cases because insurance companies know that when a lawyer is willing to settle out of court, they will offer settlements that are really low and unrealistic. It is important to ask your lawyer whether they have tried medical malpractice cases in court. Find out if he or she recently handled a medical malpractice case, if that case was tried in court and how long that trial lasted. You will be able to gauge, based on a lawyer’s answers, whether he or she is indeed willing and able to go to court.

Honesty: You will hear a lot of lawyer jokes, but the truth is most lawyers are indeed honest. It is vital that your lawyer is honest from the time you first discuss your situation with him or her up to the time you reach court decision. An honest medical malpractice lawyer will inform you that he or she will not be able to give an estimate how much your case is really worth.

Fees And Costs: It is important that you have a clear understanding of the fees and charges that you need to pay to file the medical negligence lawsuit.

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