Here are 3 questions you need to ask a medical malpractice lawyer in D.C., Maryland or Virginia to make sure you get the best lawyer for your medical malpractice case.
1) How many times have you handled this type of medical malpractice case in D.C., Maryland or Virginia?
And I don't mean injury or death cases or even medical malpractice cases. Specific questions, like: have you represented children with cerebral palsy due to a delay in delivery, or failure to prevent prematurity; have you represented families of a mom or dad who died from pulmonary embolism (or blood clot) because the doctors didn't recognize the signs and systems of pulmonary embolism; have you handled cases where there was a code blue or resuscitation issue? Have you won cases where the hospital failed to diagnose a life threatening condition? Do you know how to help someone with brain damage that happened in the hospital? Be specific and listen to the answers. Remember, anyone can say they are a medical malpractice lawyer in DC - its up to you to verify it.
2) What type of investigation do you do for medical malpractice cases?
Be wary of any lawyer who says you have a case in the initial meeting. That should be a red flag and a sign of inexperience. The best medical malpractice lawyers should be able to describe their investigation in detail - the process of reviewing the medical records, imaging studies, speaking with consulting experts and the different medical specialties they plan to consult with based on the specific injury or condition. In D.C., Maryland and Virginia, we know the different hospitals and can tell you what to expect if you do have a medical malpractice case, how and when we will file your case and what we will do before that to prove how much medical treatment, home modifications, specialty care you or your family will need as a result of the injury. It won't be set in stone but it should be pretty specific.
3) How will a medical malpractice case help my family or my child?
Experienced medical malpractice lawyers know the awesome responsibility they have to your familiy or your child. They will be able to explain how a successful case can help with some of the harms and losses your family or child suffered - but nowhere near all. They should be able to offer ideas and resources based on experience and working with other families, physicians and health care providers. In fact, we've helped so many families that we publish a free guide for parents of special needs children with cerebral palsy, brain damage, paralysis, developmental delay, and any other medical condition. It's free to any family in the DMV, it doesn't matter whether you have a case or not. We just want to help kids and families who need it.
One of the most important things we do at the beginning of working with someone is explain how a successful malpractice can provide for your family's future and take care of some of the worries and stress you've gone through.
There are many other questions you can ask when looking for a medical malpractice attorney, but these are my top 3.
If there has been a catastrophic, life changing injury or death, you need a real relationship with your lawyer - someone you can trust, rely on and lean on when you need to.
So ask all the questions you can. Get all the information. Don't fall for TV commercials or slick paid advertising - this is too important. And if you need help, talk to us. As we like to say, its a process. And you shouldn't have to go it alone.
Call us at 202-393-3320 for a confidential, no obligation, free conversation so we can get you started.
But don't wait - all cases have statutes of limitations - and there is nothing worse than finding out you had a case that could have helped your family, but you waited too long to call us.