Even if you've had a lawyer in the past, for a car accident or a will or a divorce, medical malpractice is different - way different - and you need to do things a little differently to find the right lawyer for any serious case.
First, medical malpractice cases can take years to investigate, litigate, settle or go to trial - so be prepared for a long term relationship.
And we think that's a two way street - there is a lot of listening, explaining, research and involvement on both sides. We need to get to know our clients, it sounds old fashioned and these days, it probably is different than most law firms.
Even though we have handled some of the largest, most significant cases in the D.C. metro area, involving cerebral palsy, anoxic brain injuries, paralysis, prematurity and other medical conditions and different causes of injury, we have to earn each client's trust and find out what is important to them and their family. That takes time.
When you're looking for a lawyer, look for certain minimum standards - experience, board certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, publications and written materials, references. Make sure the lawyer can tell you specifics while explaining everything, like cases he has tried, who represents the hospital your child was hurt in, what a special needs trust is, what types of experts you will need.
Will you get updates on your case? Feedback and communication? Can you work together to settle the case or go to trial with this lawyer. How will a judge, jury or mediator relate to this lawyer?
All important questions. If you have a serious injury or condition you think was caused by medical malpractice, a hospital mistake, a doctor's negligence, then give us a chance to answer your questions.
We've helped many families get their lives back on track after a tragedy.
But don't wait - everything has time limits, medical records get lost, witnesses move or can't remember things. Sometimes people get to us too late and we can't help - you don't want to deal with that kind of regret and loss of opportunity to help your family.
If its serious, call us today at (202) 393-3320 and talk to a live person about your specific situation. It's free and confidential.