Medical malpractices lawsuits are complicated. To pursue a case unaided, you have to have an in-depth appreciation of the law as well as an understanding, at least, of the practice of medicine. It is for this reason that anyone who wishes to file a case will hire a seasoned Chicago medical malpractice lawyer.
An experienced lawyer knows what documents have to be filed, when they must be filed, and where. He or she also needs to arrange for expert witnesses to support your claim that your injuries are the result of a medical error.
Finding the best medical malpractice lawyer:
You will certainly want the most experienced lawyer to support your claim; you can be assured that the doctor, or perhaps his or her insurance company, will mount a strong defense. Your best bet is to contact your local bar association; they cannot recommend a specific lawyer, but they can provide you with contact information.
Regardless of whether your first contact with a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is over the phone or face-to-face, you need to be prepared with questions that will help you decide which lawyer to engage. Be aggressive with your questioning; you are looking for a lawyer that will “go to bat” for you, fighting hard to get you the compensation you deserve. You may wish to find out:
- How many medical malpractice cases similar to yours has the lawyer dealt with to date and what percentage he or she won
- Client confidentiality may preclude a positive answer, but ask if it might be possible for you to have the names of a few past clients?
- Ask about the legal fees. Find out how the lawyer charges. Some charge based on hours worked while others will take a case based on contingency.
Medical malpractice cases can take a long time to settle. You may find that the case doesn’t proceed to trial, and that your Chicago medical malpractice lawyer has negotiated a favorable out-of-court settlement for you to consider.
If your doctor or a hospital is responsible for your being injured while in their care, you can hire a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer and sue for damages. To discuss your case, contact the Shea Law Group. Follow us on Google+.