Being the victim of medical or dental malpractice is every patient’s worst nightmare. Not only is there the physical pain and discomfort as well as the possibility of disability, there is potentially a lengthy, costly and possibly unsuccessful lawsuit that will follow.
This is why it is important to hire an experienced malpractice lawyer.
Ways to Find a Good Malpractice Lawyer
How do you find a trustworthy, experienced lawyer who will help you win your case?
Ask For Recommendations
If possible, the first place to look for a qualified lawyer with a track record of successful cases is recommendations from friends, family members, even a past lawyer who worked with you for another case. Lawyers, if they don’t specialize in malpractice cases, are always happy to recommend colleagues who are experienced in handling malpractice cases. Ask friends and family who have recently worked with a lawyer. Ask their lawyer for recommendations.
Ask Your Local Bar Association for Recommendations
If you haven’t been involved in a case where you need a lawyer, nor do you know anyone who is or has used a lawyer, you can call your state’s or city’s bar association and get recommendations for malpractice lawyers in your area.
Do Your Own Online Research
If all else fails, there’s the almighty Google. With the Internet, you’ll be given a list of more lawyers than you’ll know what to do with. It can be overwhelming to shuffle through all the online results, but once you’re able to narrow your list down, email them, explaining your case. Most lawyers will have an online request form on their website and they will call you shortly after you submit your request.
When researching lawyers, pay attention to the years of experience the lawyer has in malpractice cases and look for a portfolio of past cases.
After the lawyers call you back to schedule a consultation, it is important to come up with a list of questions to ask. Hiring a medical and dental malpractice lawyer is expensive and you’ll want to interview each lawyer to make sure that he or she is a good fit. You’ll want to be compatible with your lawyer because you’ll want to get the best lawyer for your money.
What Questions to Ask
After chatting briefly over the phone, you’ll likely be asked to come in for a free consultation. This consultation is important in determining which lawyer is best for your case.
Here are some questions you should ask:
How Experienced is the Lawyer?
Many lawyers will have their specialty and years of experience online. When you meet with them face-to-face, ask them to elaborate on their experience and credentials. Ask them about past cases, especially the successful ones and past clients they represented.
How Will the Lawyer Find Medical Experts?
Some medical and dental malpractice cases require the presence and input from a medical or dental expert. Ask who they contact for this expert witness and his or her credentials.
Are You and the Lawyer a Good Fit?
You’ll be paying this lawyer a lot of money and you’ll spend months communicating, meeting with and attending court hearings with this lawyer. It is important you feel comfortable with the lawyer and you completely trust their judgements, knowledge, decisions and course of action.
A good medical or dental malpractice lawyer will do all they can to plead your case and to put your best interest first.
How Much do You Charge and What is You Fee Schedule?
Medical and dental malpractice lawyers will often set you back a good chunk of change. Most lawyers offer free consultation where they will discuss the law suit process and what they’ll charge.
It is common for lawyers to be paid in the form of contingency fees. These fees equal a percentage of the awarded settlement should the patient win the lawsuit. If the patient losses, the patient typically doesn’t pay the lawyer, but may still be responsible for paying some of the costs associated with the case, such as court fees.
Most lawyers charge a contingency fee of around 30% and they also pay for most, if not all the costs associated with the case.
Being an unfortunate victim of medical or dental malpractice isn’t anything anyone looks forward to. At Chianese and Reilly Law, our professional staff of dental malpractice lawyers will be glad to take a look at your case. We pride ourselves on our past, successful settlements. If you’re having a hard time finding a dental malpractice lawyer, contact us today to schedule a consultation so your case can begin.