What experience should I look for in a medical malpractice attorney?

Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex and require comprehensive analysis of your claim. Your choice should fall on those attorneys who specialize in medical malpractice and will fight for you until the end. In searching for the right attorney to represent you, there are a number of qualities you should look for. First, your attorney must be experienced in the field of medical malpractice law. Ask your attorney for a list of case results that demonstrate that attorney's experience in the field. Second, your attorney should have trial experience. Trial experience means that your attorney is actually willing to take your case to trial rather than settle for the highest figure offered by the defense. Trial experience matters because insurance companies are increasingly refusing to make any settlement offers, or when they do the offers are low. Actual trial experience by your attorney is necessary to maximize your chances for a full recovery. Third, ask your attorney how he/she finds the experts that will be necessary to support your case. The outcome of your case depends upon the quality of your experts. There are some qualities of an attorney that you might want to avoid. For example, you should be leery of any attorney who “guarantees” you the success of your case. While medical malpractice attorneys may have a proven track record of success, your case will depend upon a number of factors none of which can be known at the beginning of the case. You should also be aware of the attorney who attempts to optimistically value your case at the beginning. The valuation of a case will vary greatly on numerous factors many of which will not be known at the beginning of the case. Medical malpractice cases are usually complex and require a large investment of time and money. The attorney who outlines for you the positives and negatives of your case, as well as the pros and cons of pursuing the case, is usually an attorney whom you can trust to represent you.
Michael J. Shevlin
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Specializing in medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases since 1994.