These days, most lawyers specialize - they focus on just a few practice areas - like medical malpractice, birth injuries, cerebral palsy and deaths due to negigent medical care and treatment. And hiring the right lawyer - the best one for your case - can get you the benefits and resources you and your family need. Why? Because when you have a complicated, serious case, you want to make sure you have someone looking out for your best interests and protecting you and your family for the long term.
When you suspect that you or a loved one was a victim of medical negligence, your world may seem to be coming apart at the seams. What do you do? Who do you contact? How do you get the answers you need? All of these questions-- and many more-- may be on your mind.
One of the first things you may do is contact a lawyer. Hiring a lawyer for this type of case is extremely important-especially hiring one that has experience working with patients involved in medical malpractice and all of the D.C. hospitals and doctors' insurance companies. An investigation is always involved with medical malpractice cases. The right lawyer will have a system for investigating the medical issues for patients who have been injured, especially children. They will follow a specific set of steps during the entire process, from the time you first speak to them, until the end of the case.
For example, when we investigate a medical malpractice case for a child, whether the child had a serious birth injury or birth trauma, has cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, complications from septic shock, etc. we want to see all the information. A thorough initial investigation is performed, using nurse consultants, expert physicians in different specialties and other resources. We keep you informed every step of the way. And once we determine we can help you and your family, we meet again and explain the next steps.
You need someone you can trust and rely on to work with. The bottom line is that for any serious medical malpractice case, you need specific experience, qualifications and resources. An experienced lawyer will explain the process every step of the way - including what can be done for you and your family and should have information on resources and programs for you or your child.
Some types of cases you can handle yourself - traffic tickets, minor car accidents, etc. but medical malpractice cases are so complex that most lawyers don't even handle them. So you really have to be careful to get the right lawyer after a serious medical mistake.
And whatever you do, do not delay finding the right lawyer for your case. Delaying, or trying to do it yourself, can hurt your case and may hurt your chances of getting everything you deserve. Hiring a lawyer is extremely important for you and your family.
We wrote books and guides outlining the importance of hiring a lawyer and what to expect when you hire the right lawyer. These books and guides are FREE and you can request them by sending us an email at [email protected], calling our offices at (202)-393-3320 or heading over to the resources page to download them. If you find yourself unsure of what to do after a serious medical injury, call and let us try to help you. If for some reason we cannot take your case, we will refer you to someone we know and trust.