Medical malpractice can be a traumatic experience, both emotionally and financially. It can have severe long-lasting effects.
Along with the suffering of being injured, helpless and unable to work, you have to prove in the court of law that all this is the result of your doctor’s negligence.
In general, people do not have legal knowledge and understanding for cases like this. These cases can be complicated and challenging to contest.
Hence, you require a lawyer who is thoroughly well-versed with law and also has a reasonably sound knowledge of medical practice to present your case suitably against the doctor’s lawyer.
You can start finding a good lawyer by consulting the local telephone book and the local bar association. Attorneys are also extensively listed on online websites. You can speak with the attorneys on phone or meet up with them and ask them any questions or concerns you have in mind.
You needn’t feel shy and should ask for complete details of the attorney’s past work like the number of cases he has handled, his record, names of his past clients for reference, his fees, the method of charging fees, liability of fees payment in case of a loss, etc. A qualified attorney should answer them.
You can speak with more than one attorney. You can consider dropping your case if more than one attorney thinks that it isn’t strong enough. If your case is taken up, there’ll be another meeting. Papers like medical records, receipts, test results etc. should be handed over to your attorney. You should sign a release to give him access to your medical records to seek professional expertise.
An attorney knows when and what legal papers to file, testimony of expert witnesses etc. needed to prove your side in court.