(Jun. 3, 2019) — It’s important to do your research before hiring a medical malpractice lawyer. Keep reading for 5 key tips for finding the best medical malpractice lawyer.
Studies show that medical malpractice kills an average of 200,000 people every year. Out of the small percentage of individuals who actually file a malpractice lawsuit, only about 20% of those people actually receive payouts.
If you are facing a medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s important that you have the right person representing you. The selection process can seem overwhelming, but with the right research and help you can feel confident in your decision.
Keep reading for 5 key tips for finding the best medical malpractice lawyer in your area.
Ask For Referrals
One of the best ways to find a lawyer is through referrals. There are many people you can contact to find solid referrals.
Ask your friends if they personally know any malpractice lawyers. If you have had friends go through medical malpractice lawsuits, have them refer you to the lawyer they used.
If your primary care physician is not involved in the case, you can ask them who they think would be the right fit. Many times, physicians have personal experiences with the lawyers and can send you in the right direction.
Another good person to ask would be friends of yours who are lawyers. Even if they aren’t a malpractice lawyer, they may be able to direct you to one that they know.
Find Online Reviews
Doing a simple Google search of the lawyers you have been referred to can help you narrow down your results.
Often times, law offices have reviews left on their page. Read through the reviews to learn of both the good and bad experiences that people have had with those lawyers.
Complete An Online Lawyer Search
There are quite a few online “search engines” specifically for lawyers. If you are having trouble finding a lawyer through referrals, or simply want more options, this is a great option.
You simply enter in what kind of lawyer you are looking for and the area you live in so that they can narrow down the results. These searches also include reviews to make your search easy.
Contact Your Local Bar Association
You can go directly to your local bar association to find qualified malpractice lawyers in your area. Usually, you can contact your local association by phone or e-mail.
You can also run a background check of sorts on certain lawyers’ practice history. Through the association, you can see whether or not a lawyer has been formally reprimanded by the bar or if their license has been suspended.
If a lawyer has had any past troubles, it may be wise to rule them out from your list of options.
Look At Their Experience
Once you have narrowed down your search, it’s important to contact lawyers individually. Law offices like Hankey Law Office have their personal experience with medical malpractice listed in brief on their website.
Speaking to them directly will help you get a specific idea of how many cases they have handled, and their success rate.
Choosing The Right Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Don’t let the process of choosing a medical malpractice lawyer overwhelm you. Use referrals, the bar, and online searches to get informed and feel confident in your decision.
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Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.