You know your child had a catastrophic injury from medical treatment in a D.C. hospital. You know medical malpractice cases are difficult, expensive and long. You know you need a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice.
Here are 9 questions most medical malpractice lawyers don't want you to ask when you're researching the right lawyer for you and your family.
Are you Board Certified?
Approximately 1% of lawyers are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy - a process that requires years of relevant experience just to start the application process, recommendations from judges and other lawyers, an all day exam. It's not just going to law shool and passing the bar.
Have you published guides, reports and books just for patients?
As a medical malpractice lawyer, it is important to help people understand exactly what you do and why - without legalese or mumbo jumbo.
Have you sued this hospital (successfully) before?
The hospital administration will know if your lawyer is serious and specializesin serious malpractice cases.
Can you tell me the specific resources my child needs that a malpractice case can help with?
Ask for a copy of their special needs resource guide. They haven't done the research to publish this? Order your free copy of Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves: A Parent's Guide to Resources to learn more about this question.
Who are the lawyers the hospital hires to evaluate this case with the risk manager?
This can give you good insight on the real experience level of the lawyer - does he or she know this off the top of their head?
What system do you use to evaluate a case?
Hint: Don't accept "Oh we just review your medical records and let you know."
Will your advertising hurt my case? How will judges, risk managers and jurors view my case with a lawyer who advertises on TV?
Will jurors think you have a strong case if they see your lawyer in TV commercials?
Explain your system for keeping me informed of the progress on the case?
It shouldn't be "don't worry, we'll call you."
How much was your biggest settlement or jury verdict.
Maybe the details are confidential but it's important info that helps you evaluate the lawyer.
These questions can make medical malpractice lawyers nervous ( a lot of lawyers hate to be questioned by the very people they work for), or have them revert to legalese answers that don't mean anything...and that should tell you all you need to know in your search for the best DC medical malpractice lawyer for your family.
If you want honest answers to these questions (or anything else you ask us for that matter) call today (202) 393 - 3320 so we can set up a strategy session for your case. We'll answer the questions you have and send you a free book, guide or report as well.