There are many questions to ask an attorney during a consultation. This is your opportunity to ensure the attorney is right for you and you are on the same page together before you hire him or her. Many people know the standard questions to ask, such as questions related to the lawyers' fees, experience, and education, if they feel you have a case and what they feel the case is worth. However, there are many other questions that you should be asking a lawyer to ensure they are the best medical malpractice attorney for you. Here are a few of the lesser known questions to ask a medical malpractice attorney who you may be looking to hire:
Will You Be Handling the Case Yourself?
One of the questions you want to ask a lawyer during a consultation is whether they will be handling the case themselves or whether someone else will. Many law firms have an available attorney sit down with you for a consultation. But this may not be the attorney who you will assign to your case. You need to ensure you feel comfortable talking to the attorney, trust them and get a good feeling from them. As such, it is important to at least meet with the attorney who will be handling your case before you hire one.
Are You Opposed to Taking the Case to Trial?
There are many benefits to settling a medical malpractice claim before trial. It helps you get your money faster and prevents costly litigation. However, if the insurance company or doctor is unwilling to settle for a fair and reasonable amount, or even accept liability, your case may have to go to trial. Some law firms do not like to go to trial and would prefer to settle, even if it means you get less money than you deserve. Ask a law firm up front how they feel about going to trial if it becomes necessary.
Do You Have Access to Expert Witnesses and Doctors?
Lastly, ask the lawyer you are having a consultation with if they have access to expert witnesses and doctors who may provide insight that is relevant to your injuries. Not all law firms know or have access to expert witnesses or doctors based on every type of case or medical issue. Having someone the law firm knows and trusts can be a huge benefit.
When you are looking to file a medical malpractice case, you may be looking to hire an attorney. Asking the right questions can help guide you to the medical malpractice lawyer who is best for you. Contact a law firm like R.J. Marzella & Associates, P.C. for more information and assistance.