Having to deal with a malpractice case can be very distressing, making you feel like you’re alone in the world at times. Malpractice cases can be difficult to go through and many might feel like they don’t have a strong enough case. And in other cases, victims end up being swindled and undercompensated for their injuries. This is why choosing the right malpractice lawyer is not only essential to build a solid case, but to get the compensation you deserve. Here’s how you should go about finding the proper malpractice lawyer for your case.
Start by Asking for Referrals
Word of mouth is often the best form of publicity when it comes to lawyers and if someone you know had good results working with a particular attorney, chances are you’ll get good treatment as well. Try to look for colleagues, friends or family members who may have had to deal with a medical malpractice case and ask them if they could refer you to an attorney. If you already have an attorney you regularly work with, it would be wise to ask them for referrals as well.
Use Legal Websites
Online directories are another great place where you can find good malpractice lawyers. In most cases, you will be able to search for lawyers based on the particular area of law you need help with. You’ll also be able to search by geographic area and also check user and peer reviews as well. Sites like lawyer.com, nolo.com and findlaw.com are all great places to start and they also offer tons of free legal information that could help you with your case.
Check with your Local County and State Bar Association
Another thing you should do is call your county’s bar association. They should be able to refer you to a list of lawyers who are specialized in malpractice cases. You should also be able to find out information about any lawyer you were thinking of hiring. You can find your county’s bar association number online on in your local phone book.
You should also try to contact your state’s bar association if you can’t reach your county’s bar for some reason. They might be able to help you reach them or give you a list of malpractice lawyers of their own.
Interview Possible Candidates
Now that you have a list of potential candidates, it’s time to go through the interviewing process. Try to set up multiple appointments and stick to those who stood out and had good reviews and/or referrals.
In some cases, attorneys would rather be interviewed by phone, but in most cases, it would be wiser if you asked for a face to face interview. Know that not all malpractice lawyers are the same, and some will focus on particular types of cases, so make sure you know what their expertise is.
Also try to know how many similar cases they have won and how many cases they handle per month. You don’t want to deal with a lawyer that’s too busy. You also have to make sure that the attorney you meet will actually be the one handling the case since it’s not uncommon for big firms to have interviews and cases handled by two completely different lawyers.
Dealing with a malpractice suit is never easy, but with the proper attorney on your side, the whole process should be easier. And you’ll have a much higher chance of getting your case heard and getting properly compensated.