I have a medical malpractice claim: how can I find a lawyer?

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How Do You Find the Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Your Family?

At Donahoe Kearney we get inquiries from a lot of people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, asking us to look into a medical malpractice claim, and we take every phone call and email very seriously. However, there are certain realities that everyone should know when looking for a malpractice attorney, and we are going to list a few of them for you.

First, we have published a medical malpractice lawyer evaluation form (here is a snippet but we will give you the whole thing if you call us at 202-393-3320)

that reflects all of the questions that you should ask when you are looking for a medical malpractice attorney. You should be vetting the attorneys that you intend to trust with your claim or the claim of a loved one, and we intend to measure up to this checklist while we are representing you.  Hiring a medical malpractice lawyer is an important decision and we want you to make the best decision for you and your family (even if it's not us - we're different than most lawyers, and we're not the right fit for everybody.  We're ok with that).

But, we've heard some people express frustration because they cannot find an attorney to take on their medical malpractice case, even though it seemingly has merit. And they are right -- a lot of the cases that absolutely do have merit simply do not make sense to pursue from a time and  financial aspect. Here's what we mean:

Unfortunately with medical malpractice, we have to consider all of the financial implications alongside the "justice" drivers. For example, it's possible that there was absolutely negligence on the part of a hospital, but the legal damages the patient can get are limited (the law can restrict the amount you can recover) because they were not working, or not expected to live long, for example.  We think that's harsh, but that is the system we have.  

Make sense?

Now, take those considerations and factor in the significant cost in investigating and pursuing a medical malpractice case in D.C., Maryland or Virginia (these cases are expensive because they involve hiring experts in different medical specialties, paying for depositions, court fees, etc). If we don't think you will be be able to recover money that would mean a meaningful settlement for you and your loved ones, it doesn't make sense to pursue the claim and we won't take the case just so we can get paid.

Now, that being said, if you or someone in your family have a serious injury caused by a doctor or hospital, you should absolutely get as much informaton as you can, and it's typically not something you can analyze on your own. AND if you contact Donahoe Kearney with your questions you can be sure that you will walk away with more information than you came with. We will send you free reports and connect you with our ongoing informational emails so you can be armed with the information that you need in order to make good, sound decisions.


Click here to learn more about what we are offering in terms of good free information on medical malpractice in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

If you have more questions, give us a call today! You will speak to a real person who wants to hear your story. 202-393-3320.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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