Top 7 Things You Need To Know About Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Top 7 Things You Need To Know About Medical Malpractice Lawyers

In 2012, the U.S. spent over 3 billion dollars on medical malpractice payouts alone. When you break that figure down, that’s about one payout for every 43 minutes, Forbes says. The figures are alarming and provide disturbing insight into how vulnerable patients are to this kind of negligence. No one, then, is surprised to hear that it’s third on the list of leading causes of death for young people, on the heels of heart disease and cancer.

So if you think you or a loved one fell victim to this type of professional negligence, the first step you’ll need to take is hire an excellent medical malpractice attorney to help you out. Here are seven things you need to know about these lawyers before you decide on one:

1. S/he must have the right experience.

It’s not enough to hire the first attorney you find. Make sure they’ve got plenty of practice in court and a good, long length of experience and track record to back them up. Ten years of experience is ideal.

2. Pick one who’s familiar with local rules and codes.

Find someone who can handily spend a lot of time in the courthouse where your case is being heard and knows all about local regulations to guide you through any legal pitfalls.

3. Ask about the lawyer’s reputation.

Find out by talking to people you trust. Research the lawyer or law firm online.

4. Look at a lot of resources that can help you.

If you’re facing a case that could drag on for years, you want someone with the resources of a company to back him or her up and help you win.

5. The total number of cases won.

It goes without saying that you should pick a winner.

6. Standout communication skills.

Find someone who knows how to tell a story and can turn the tide in your favor.

7. Hire someone you can trust.

Go with your gut. Choose someone trustworthy.

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