How to Pick the Right Medical Malpractice Attorney
A medical malpractice claim alleges that the defendant deviated from the accepted standards of medical practice and that that act or failure to act caused injury to the patient. Therefore, a plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney must be familiar with the applicable laws and must be able to understand the underlying medical information.
In order to be able to adequately prepare or cross examine an expert witness, an attorney needs to have a sound understanding of the underlying medical terms, procedures, diagnoses and theories. For this reason, many medical malpractice attorneys have their own nurses, doctors or other medical professionals with whom they consult to learn about the relevant standard of care. Other medical malpractice attorneys are also medical doctors or registered nurses and thus have expertise in both law and medicine.
In most cases, the defendant in a medical malpractice case is a large malpractice insurance company. Insurance companies have deep pockets and can afford to spend a lot on legal defense. Therefore, it is important to have a plaintiff’s attorney who has experience litigating and settling medical malpractice claims.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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