What to Look For in a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

How Do I Choose a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

If you believe that negligence on the part of your doctor or another medical provider caused you harm, you should speak with a lawyer about your rights. But, how do you choose the right medical malpractice lawyer for you?

Choosing an attorney is an important decision. Your lawyer’s ability to represent you effectively will be a key factor in building your case and recovering the compensation you deserve.

10 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

With this in mind, what are the most important considerations for choosing a medical malpractice lawyer? Here are 10 key factors you should keep in mind when choosing a medical malpractice lawyer to represent you:

1. Practice Focus

The lawyer or law firm you choose should maintain a significant focus on medical malpractice claims. These cases are complicated, and you will need a lawyer who has years of experience helping clients and their families recover just compensation for injuries caused by medical negligence.

2. Results

In addition to practice focus and overall experience, it is important to consider the lawyer’s past results in medical malpractice cases as well. While past case results are not indicative of the amount you may be entitled to recover, you will want to know that your lawyer has had success handling cases similar to yours.

3. Client Testimonials

Positive client reviews can also be helpful for assessing what you may be able to expect if you choose a particular lawyer to represent you. If the lawyer’s previous clients have been satisfied with their legal representation, this reflects well  on the service provided by the attorney or firm.

4. Accessibility

When you have a medical malpractice claim, you need to be able to get in touch with your attorney. You should be able to schedule a free consultation promptly, and the attorney should continue to be responsive once you become a client.

5. Fees

While it is fairly standard for lawyers to handle medical malpractice claims on a contingency-fee basis, you will want to confirm that this is how your lawyer bills before you move forward. With contingency fees, you pay nothing out of pocket and you are not billed for any fees or costs unless your claim is successful.

6. Commitment

Pursuing a medical malpractice case is not easy. This area of litigation requires a significant amount of time and effort. As a result, you need a lawyer who is fully committed to helping you recover maximum compensation. The outcome of your case should matter just as much to your lawyer as it does to you.

7. Compassion 

Handling medical malpractice cases also requires compassion. Medical errors can have drastic consequences, and they can negatively impact your life in many different ways.

When communicating with your lawyer, you want to know that he or she truly understands your situation. The lawyer you choose should be sympathetic to the challenges you and your loved ones are facing and provide the support you and your family need.

8. Trial-Readiness

Most medical malpractice claims settle. When choosing a lawyer to handle your claim, you will want to choose someone who has a favorable track record in insurance settlement negotiations.

However, it is also important to make sure that your lawyer will be ready to take your claim to trial if necessary. If the insurance company refuses to settle for just compensation, you will need a lawyer who is willing to fight in court for the compensation you deserve.

9. Firm Size

Due to the time and effort it takes to successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim, you will want to choose a law firm that comprises a team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys and legal professionals. Particularly if your claim goes to trial, you will need more than just a single attorney on your side.

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10. Personal Connection

Finally, when seeking legal representation for a medical malpractice claim, it is important to make a personal connection. You will be communicating with your lawyer regularly, and you will need to be comfortable openly discussing personal medical information. The more comfortable you are talking to your lawyer, the better your claim will go and the more satisfied you will be with both the process and the outcome of your medical malpractice claim.

Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Albany, NY

If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or you lost a family member due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, it is important to speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. At Dreyer Boyajian LLP, our lawyers understand the complexity of medical malpractice litigation. We strive to pursue the best results for each client so they can rebuild their lives.

Please call (518) 463-7784 today for a free case review. Our medical malpractice lawyers serve clients in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and other areas of New York.

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