Medical Malpractice

Top Tips for Choosing a Competent Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice law is a sub-class of personal injury law and as such requires a personal injury lawyer who is well versed with medical terms and personal injury law. Therefore, if you are considering filing a malpractice suit against a doctor, nurse or hospital, you need to select an attorney who will successfully argue your case before a judge and jury. Note that, you will be dealing with an insurance company that has enormous resources and as such will do everything to ensure that your case is thrown out.

So, what do you need to take into account when searching for a personal injury attorney specializing in medical malpractice law?

#1: Experience

In a medical malpractice suit, you are basically alleging that the defendant strayed from the conventional morals of medicine and their action or fiasco led to the injuries or medical conditions you are currently suffering from. Consequently, the personal injury attorney selected ought to be acquainted with the laws used in your state in addition to fully comprehending the underlying medical conditions resulting from medical malpractice.

As the plaintiff, you need to prove beyond doubt that the actions and deeds of the doctor, nurse or hospital caused your injuries. Consequently, the lawyer must present before court of law overwhelming evidence. Listed below, are some of the things that your medical malpractice attorney will help you to prove:

  • There was a legal obligation between you and the doctor.
  • That the doctor, nurse or hospital breached the legal agreement by failing to offer his/her services to the accepted standards.
  • The deviation by the doctor, nurse or hospital is what is responsible for the injuries you have suffered.
  • That the injury claims you are pursuing are just.

The key to proving the different aspects of the case is hiring an expert witness who will be able to corroborate your story. The expert witness called to substantiate your evidence should be experienced and qualified. In addition, the testimony provided should be reliable. The selected attorney will be responsible for calling and preparing the expert witnesses. Moreover, the chosen attorney should be able to argue that the facts presented by the other party are false.

#2: Medical Knowledge

As stated earlier, the personal injury lawyer selected to represent you in a medical malpractice case ought to have medical knowledge. As a matter of fact, attorneys specializing in personal injury law are normally MDs or GPs.

The reason why the attorney ought to be well versed in different medical terms is because he/she needs to not only prepare, but cross-examine the other witness. Consequently, the attorney needs to eloquently and simply explain medical theories, procedures plus diagnoses. If the attorney cannot explain these terms to you in an easy to understand language, chances are that he/she will also not be able to do so before a court of law.

#3: Litigation Experience

Experience in litigation is also another factor that you need to take into account when picking a personal injury lawyer to represent you in a medical malpractice case.

In addition to the above, choose an attorney who:

  • You are comfortable working with.
  • Returns your calls on time and answers any questions you may have.
  • Empathizes with your situation.

A reputable personal injury attorney specializing in medical malpractice case should be able to take your case on contingency fees. What this means is that, the costs and expenses incurred during the case are met by the lawyer. He or she will only get paid a percentage of your settlement award once a judge awards you an amount.

[box type=”note”]About the Author: This post was provided by Frank Roberts on behalf of Swope Rodante, P.A., a law firm specializing in cases involving personal injury, product liability, and insurance law.[/box]

• Meet the Author • Dr. Lawrence Kindo

I am a Medical Professional with a passion for writing, blogging, playing, computers, and of course patient care. My writing in this medical blog will reflect my passion, and you are welcome to be a part of this venture. This medical blog is a tribute to all the great medical pioneers, and to the ultimate source of wisdom, God.

6 comments… add one
  • It’s important to consider all your tips in choosing an attorney. Conducting a research about his expertise, history and experience in the industry would be a good start but for me, I tend to ask for their previous client’s feedback of their work. I find it more reliable and trustworthy because they experienced the legal expert’s services first hand.

  • If you greatly desire to win your case then make sure that you choose the right lawyer to handle your case.

  • All three criteria for selecting a medical malpractice lawyer should be heeded. Especially important is the point about medical knowledge considering the challenge of cross examining expert witnesses and medical practitioners. A proper understanding of medical terminology and the nuances of the medical field is vital to accurate representation.

    However, there’s a fourth critical factor to consider when selecting a medical malpractice lawyer and personal injury firm. The firm must be able to bankroll the case, bear the enormous costs associated with bringing the case to court, and see the case through to whatever resolution is best. A small firm may not be able to absorb the costs of a multi-year case so it’s important to select a firm that has the necessary financial resources take the case to court if necessary. A small firm with limited resources will not want to take the case to court. They may be inclined to push for a settlement that is less than what the victim deserves.

    Always find out if the attorney and the firm you are working with has the capability to take your case to court should the case demand it. Do not settle for an attorney that cannot.

  • Choose the personal injury lawyer with acquired knowledge on medical fields. Attorneys should be well versed in all the nook and corner of the cases.

  • Always try to fix a meeting with your attorney before hiring them for your cases

  • i like this article it is good way telling someone for good attorney lawyer who best suited for your profile.& it works good as they expect.


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