The point at which you decide to consult with a medical malpractice attorney usually correlates with a stressful time in your life, given medical malpractice involves an injury to yourself or a loved one. Many will hire the first attorney they speak with in an eagerness to obtain representation. Retaining the right medical malpractice attorney, however, may be the most important move you make in your case. How do you choose a medical malpractice attorney?
First of all, you should retain an attorney whose main practice area is medical malpractice. Just as the practice of medicine can be highly specialized, so can the legal area of medical malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney may understand the ins and outs of the medical field, including how a hospital runs and how to obtain and analyze medical records. They often have relationships with the top medical experts in the country, as resolution of a medical malpractice case can come down to expert medical opinions.
Experienced medical malpractice attorneys have often negotiated with the biggest and toughest malpractice insurance companies and are, therefore, more likely to know how to obtain a fair settlement for you, or how to take your case to trial. Thus, it can be imperative to check the attorney’s website and ask many questions of the attorney’s direct experience with medical malpractice cases. Also, many attorneys, even if they do not take medical malpractice cases, will likely be able to direct you to the well-known medical malpractice attorneys in your area.
Once you feel confident that you have located a dedicated medical malpractice attorney, you may want to make sure the attorney has a stellar reputation. Internet reviews can make researching attorney reputations an easier task. Client reviews can be located on sites from Yelp, to Google, to Avvo.
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