Have you been injured or become sicker as a result of a doctor's actions? Do you believe that you deserve monetary compensation because of your injury or illness? Medical malpractice is extremely serious and can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, being compensated for the actions of your doctor isn't as simple as something like filing a claim with your auto insurance company for a car accident. With a malpractice case, there is a good chance that you'll have to go to court for your case to be heard. This, of course, means that you'll have to hire an attorney to handle your case. But before you hire the first lawyer that you find, here are some questions that you should ask him or her:
Have you had many cases like this before? There are many different types of medical malpractice. In general, there is surgical malpractice, malpractice where the doctor in question prescribes the wrong medicine, and malpractice where the doctor treats you for the wrong thing entirely. Some of these cases are easier to handle than others. If you're dealing with a doctor who gave you the wrong treatment, you're potentially going to want a malpractice lawyer with more experience and medical knowledge than you'd need from one representing you in a surgical malpractice case.
What fees should be expected? A malpractice lawyer typically operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won't need to pay anything up front for him or her to represent you. Instead, your attorney will get a percentage of the settlement that you eventually receive. However, you may be responsible for more than just your lawyer's fees. In a malpractice case, it's common to hire various medical experts to take the stand and to tell how the doctor in question was wrong. The appearance fees for these witnesses can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand and you may still be responsible for these fees even if the case isn't settled in your favor.
How long will the case take? When you've been injured by a doctor, you likely want a speedy resolution so that you can get on with your life. This isn't always possible. Depending on how complex the case is, how busy the court is, and various other factors, a malpractice case may not be decided for years. A malpractice lawyer will be able to give you an idea of what to expect, based on his or her past experiences with similar cases.