The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in America. It’s right there on the list behind heart disease and cancer, according to Forbes.
So if you believe you or someone you love is a victim of medical malpractice, then getting a malpractice attorney should be your first step. But how do you hire one? Here are a few things you need to know about medical malpractice lawyers before you set out to work with one:
It’s vital that you find yourself a lawyer with plenty of experience, especially one who has a high percentage of winning cases. While it’s not a bad idea to hire beginners, an experienced lawyer will definitely have the edge over less experienced legal counsels and can easily find a way to turn the tables around, to your advantage.
Some medical malpractice lawyers don’t charge clients upfront fees or they charge fees only after they’ve won the case. That’s a huge relief, especially if you find yourself dealing with a lengthy medical malpractice lawsuit. If your lawyer keeps charging you for every little thing, you might want to look elsewhere. At this point, it’s not about what’s legal or not. While that matters, being human and sensitive enough matters more.
Hire someone with the right medical expertise. Lawyers have specializations and those who’ve specialized in medical malpractice suits know how the legal system works and how to make it work for you. So choose someone like that. By finding the best legal attorney possible, you have someone to fight for your rights in court, with the full might and power of the law.
Lastly, you want someone who’s going to be a professional fit for you in every way. That means someone you’re comfortable working with. Choose someone patient, who’s a good storyteller, who can make people listen to your side of the story. This is going to count a lot, especially if you go to a jury trial.
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