When you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of a negligent medical provider, you could be dealing with the fallout for years to come. In 2016, medical malpractice became the third leading cause of death in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people die each year due to medical errors, and still more are injured.
If you have been harmed by medical malpractice, you deserve to be compensated for your additional medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other costs associated with the injury. To get compensation, however, you’ll need an attorney.
Here’s what to look for when you’re searching for a medical malpractice personal injury lawyer:
- Practices in your area: First and foremost, you’ll need a lawyer who practices in your area. When you reach out to them for a consultation, they’ll talk to you about where the case should be filed. If they don’t practice in that location, find a lawyer who does.
- Has experience with medical malpractice: Next, you’ll need an attorney who has experience in medical malpractice personal injury suits. Malpractice cases require niche knowledge and skill. Since the likelihood of receiving compensation depends on how effectively your lawyer can present the evidence, you want someone who has plenty of practice doing just that.
- Can provide a medical witness: Next, ask if your attorney can provide a medical witness to review your file. Medical malpractice cases require an “affidavit of merit” in order to file—a sworn statement by a medical practitioner who can attest that there was medical negligence involved.
- Has some medical knowledge: While all malpractice lawyers research cases, medical conditions and the law, an experienced one will have picked up plenty of general knowledge along the way. They should be comfortable reading medical files and performing the appropriate research.
- Offers a contingency fee: Most personal injury attorneys agree to represent you on a contingency basis. This means that they won’t get paid until and unless they win the case. You’ll pay them a percentage of your compensation, based on whether the case settles or goes to trial.
- Communicative and inspires confidence: Finally, look for an attorney who gives you a good impression, inspires confidence and will communicate with you on a regular basis. You should be comfortable with their manner as well as their education, success rate and skills.
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You shouldn’t have to bear the costs of your medical malpractice injuries alone. If a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider is responsible for your injuries, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877.944.4373 to discuss your case.