How to Find the Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers: 7 Surefire Tips
Gregg Hollander | November 28, 2023 | Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice claims are complicated personal injury cases. They require the assistance of a highly experienced and knowledgeable attorney. However, how do you find the best medical malpractice lawyer to handle your case? How do you narrow down your options?
Below are seven surefire tips for finding the best medical malpractice attorney.
1. Ask for Referrals from Trusted Sources
The best recommendation for a medical malpractice lawyer is from someone you trust. Therefore, begin by asking your relatives, friends, and other people in your life for referrals.
If they had a positive experience or know someone who had a positive experience with an attorney, you might, too. However, remember that each case is unique. Therefore, you still need to do your research to ensure the attorney is right for you.
2. Research Medical Malpractice Lawyers Online
Online attorney directories give you a list of medical malpractice attorneys near you. They also provide client and/or peer reviews for attorneys. Some websites you might want to try include Martindale-Hubbell, Avvo, and FindLaw.
You can also find attorney reviews online with Yelp, Google, and other sites. Just remember that some clients are unhappy regardless of the outcome of their case or how hard their attorney works. Consider all reviews.
3. Create a Short List of Attorneys to Interview
Medical malpractice lawyers typically offer free consultations. Therefore, you can meet with several attorneys to find the best one for your case. While the attorney is learning about your case, you are learning about the attorney.
Prepare a list of questions you want to ask during your consultation. Having a written list of questions helps you focus on the information you need to gather during the meeting.
4. Ask the Attorney How Much They Charge for a Medical Malpractice Case
Most medical malpractice lawyers accept cases on a contingency fee basis. Instead of charging you fees when you hire the law firm, the attorney is paid a percentage of the amount they recover in your case.
An attorney who takes a medical malpractice case on a contingency fee basis believes they can win it. Otherwise, taking the case wouldn’t be worth it because they would do the work without getting paid.
5. Confirm the Attorney’s Experience Handling Medical Malpractice Claims
If an attorney hasn’t handled medical malpractice cases or does not appear to be confident in their ability to win the case, keep searching for an attorney. Ideally, you want to choose a medical malpractice lawyer with substantial experience and a proven track record. You don’t want an attorney to use your case to learn how to pursue medical malpractice claims.
6. Discuss the Attorney’s Resources
A medical malpractice case requires extensive investigation to gather evidence proving the claim. It also requires hiring medical experts to provide opinions and testimony. Preferably, you want to hire an attorney with an extensive network of top-rated specialists.
Ask the attorney what resources they have to hire experts and advance the costs of the case. Ensure that the lawyer has sufficient staff to handle the caseload so your claim receives the time necessary to build a solid argument.
7. Check for Disciplinary Actions
Check with the Florida Bar to ensure the attorney you want to hire is in good standing and authorized to practice law in Florida. Also, check for disciplinary records.
What Should I Do if I Believe a Healthcare Provider Injured Me?
Medical providers have a duty to patients to provide the level of care required for a specific set of facts. When they breach their duty of care, they can be liable for economic damages and non-economic damages.
However, you must prove the elements of a medical malpractice case:
- A legal duty of care existed; for example, a doctor-patient relationship
- The provider did not adhere to the medical standard of care for your case
- The breach of duty caused you to suffer an illness, injury, or other harm
- You suffered damages because of the provider’s malpractice
If you believe a doctor or other provider caused you harm, seek immediate medical treatment from another physician. You don’t want your condition to worsen.
Then, discuss your case with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer. An attorney will review your case and explain whether you have a valid claim.
If the attorney will not take the case, ask them to explain why. Then, meet with another attorney for a second opinion. It doesn’t mean you do not have a valid claim because one attorney is unwilling to take your case.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident, please contact our experienced personal injury lawyers in Florida at Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation today. We have three convenient locations in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.
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Boca Raton, FL 33433
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West Palm Beach, FL 33401