When choosing a medical malpractice attorney, it's of course important to select someone who's highly qualified to represent you. You should also, however, consider how easy it will be to work with the attorney you choose. Here are six questions to help you find a medical malpractice attorney who will be easy to work with.
Do You Visit Clients in the Hospital?
Any medical malpractice attorney you consider should be willing to come and see you in the hospital. The earlier they talk with you in person, the more details they'll get about your case. Additionally, you don't want to wait until you're released from the hospital – which could take months in severe cases – before you begin pursuing litigation.
Most medical malpractice attorneys are willing to visit clients in the hospital when it's necessary to do so. Nevertheless, you should ask any attorney you're considering hiring to make sure they're willing to come to the hospital if needed.
Do You Make House Calls for Clients?
Fewer attorneys are willing to make house calls because doing so takes time on their part.
Having someone who will come see you at home, however, is especially helpful when you're recovering from a medical issue. Under normal circumstances, it's more convenient to have someone make a house call than go to their office. When mobility is limited by an injury or medical equipment, the added convenience is huge.
What Hours Do You See Clients?
It's helpful to have an attorney who will see clients in the evenings and on weekends, as well as during normal business hours.
Medical malpractice claims can be long and drawn out affairs, and people may use up all available personal days to meet with an attorney during business hours well before a case is near closing. Working with an attorney who will meet outside of standard business hours will help you or anyone else assisting you minimize how much time must be taken off work.
Are You Licensed Throughout the State?
You'll want an attorney who's licensed throughout the state your claim is in case additional suits have to be filed.
Sometimes, multiple parties may be sued in a medical malpractice suit. For instance, a doctor, the doctor's practice, and a hospital may all be held responsible for a botched operation. It's not always evident which parties should be sued when first filing a claim.
Therefore, you'll want an attorney who can file suits throughout the state in case additional suits are discovered as your case is investigated. You don't want to find out another party is responsible but they're located in an area your attorney isn't able to or doesn't file cases in.
Do You Provide Easy Access to the Representing Attorney?
Make sure you have direct access to the attorney representing you so you can quickly discuss any questions you have. While this may seem like it should be standard practice, some firms direct queries through paralegals or junior attorneys who aren't overseeing your case. Whoever you choose, confirm that the attorney who's responsible for your suit will be easy to reach.
Do You Give Clients Regular Updates?
Also, check to find out whether a firm will offer regular updates as your case progresses. Even if nothing develops with your case, a periodic assurance that attorneys are working on it provides reassurance. Regular updates also provide an easy way to ask the attorney representing you questions.
Even if a firm doesn't normally provide this for their clients, they may be willing to. Ask if the firm will send a periodic email or letter. There's a good chance you'll be able to find a communication solution that works both for the firm and you. If you have a medical malpractice case and are looking for an attorney who's easy to work with, contact me, Anthony M. Malizia.