Your first concerns are your health, being able to take care of your family, and getting back to work so you don’t lose your job. It is not until these concerns are dealt with that you even consider a lawsuit. But, when the realization sets in that your life altering injuries may have been preventable you may consider getting a medical malpractice attorney.
Very few of us hire someone for something as important as a babysitter or as mundane as repairing our car without being sure that the person we hire knows what they are doing and has some positive track record that we can rely on. Taking your time to find a medical malpractice attorney is even more important. You need to know what experience they have in this particular area of law, what their success record is, and where they stand in the eyes of their peers.
It is in this emotionally charged and upsetting context that the search for a medical malpractice attorney begins. Watching the attorney ads on television may not be the best way to find an attorney. You want to make sure the attorney you hire has the expertise to handle a medical malpractice lawsuit. When making a decision as to which medical malpractice attorney you want to represent you, the decision needs to be based on the same criteria you would rely on for any difficult decision. Does the attorney have experience with your type of case? How has this attorney and their firm performed on other malpractice cases? What is the standing of the attorney in the community as a whole and within the smaller community of malpractice attorneys? Can you find out what their peers say about them? How do you interact with the attorney, do you feel like you can trust them?
Insurance companies and corporate America have carefully vetted the attorneys they hire to work for them defending the lawsuits brought by injured parties. They hire only the very best attorneys with the skills to be successful, knowledgeable about their subject and the experience to maximize the results for their clients. Before you hire a medical malpractice attorney to represent you in a complex case, you should do the same. You may have to interview several different attorneys before you find the right one.