Don’t Go It Alone: 10 Reasons to Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have experienced pain and suffering due to carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim. Whether you have been misdiagnosed and received the wrong treatment or have been a victim of slopiness, hiring an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you obtain compensation for any additional medical expenses or lost wages as a result of your injury.

There are several reasons why you should hire an attorney to help you with your case. Many find navigating the court system and handling your doctor’s legal team to be a complex and intimidating process. Not only does litigation cost time and money, but your lawyer can also help you determine whether your case is worth pursuing. 

Don’t Go It Alone: 10 Reasons to Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

1. Your Attorney Has Experience and Empathy

Attorneys who handle medical malpractice lawsuits have years of training under their belts and deal with similar personal injury cases on a daily basis. They know the law well and can easily navigate communications, technicalities, and even give you a precise idea of your possible award.

Medical malpractice attorneys are also very invested in the lives of their clients. Many lawyers have a deep sense of empathy and can help you understand everything that happened, providing you with a sense of support. Developing a good relationship with your lawyer makes it easier to ask questions and understand everything regarding your case from start to finish. 

2. You’ll Avoid Costly Mistakes

If you have never filed a claim before, there is a chance that you may make a simple mistake that can cost you thousands and even invalidate your case. Even something as seemingly innocent as giving a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster can result in losing your case.

Adjusters and caseworkers are trained to gather information in favor of the doctor or hospital, not you. By consulting with a lawyer right away, you’ll get all the details on how to avoid such mistakes. They can then take over the rest of the process, which can be confusing and overwhelming to the average person.

3. Your Attorney Is Familiar With Important Deadlines

If you been injured as a result of medical malpractice, it is important to file your claim as soon as possible. Sometimes, your injury may be readily apparent, and other times, it may take a while before you realize it. The typical statute of limitations for filing a malpractice claim is two years. If you have not discovered your injuries before it is too late, your attorney may be able to have the filing deadline extended. 

4. Your Attorney Will Communicate With the Insurance Company

During a medical malpractice lawsuit, you are responsible for proving what your health professional did wrong to the insurance company. Corresponding with insurance companies can be intimidating, especially when you’re not sure what to say. An experienced attorney can take over the entire communications process for you and handle much of the correspondence, allowing you to focus on healing. 

5. Your Attorney Will Handle the Paperwork   

During a medical malpractice claim, you will be faced with an endless cycle of paperwork. Legal documents are riddled with jargon and can be very difficult to read and understand. Your attorney will prepare, review, and respond to all paperwork using the right language and communication methods. When you hire a medical malpractice lawyer, you won’t have to worry about missing deadlines or forgetting to check an important box.

6. Your Attorney Knows the Value of Your Claim  

The value of your medical malpractice claim will vary depending on your injury type and the lack of care you received from your physician. Often times, the insurance company will try to lowball you and make you settle for an amount that is far less than you deserve. Since there is no standard amount for personal injury settlements, you may fall victim to settling on a lower amount or setting your expectations on an amount that is far too high. 
Your attorney will have dealt with numerous cases similar to yours and will have a good frame of reference as to how much your case is worth. He or she will know how to design and fight for a settlement that accurately represents your injury, thus maximizing your chances of winning.

7. Your Attorney Can Help You Write a Formal Demand Letter

Many medical malpractice cases are lost because there are patients who file fraudulent claims. However, if your case is warranted and justifiable, working with an attorney can increase your odds of winning. One thing that your attorney can do is help you draft a formal demand letter. 
This letter consists of an itemized list of damages along with a demand for proper compensation. A demand letter can motivate physicians to settle outside of court in an attempt to avoid damaging their reputations in a lengthy court case.

8. You Won’t Have to Argue Your Case

In the case that you have to take your claim to court, it will have to be presented before a judge or jury. Presenting your case in court means that the success of your claim hinges on your ability to argue and negotiate. 
If your case goes to trial, you will need a lawyer who understands law and medicine and knows how to determine the standard of care that you should have received. Malpractice lawyers are skilled in the art of negotiation and are excellent at negotiating favorable settlements for their clients.

9.  Your Attorney Has Expert Connections

Since proving a malpractice case requires extensive medical knowledge, your attorney will partner with an expert practitioner to testify that the care you received was negligent or inappropriate. Finding such witnesses on your own can be expensive and challenging. When you partner with an attorney, he or she already has many connections that you can tap into and use in favor of your case. 

10.  You May Be Entitled to Wrongful Death Damages

Medical malpractice attorneys often have a great deal of experience in handling wrongful death cases. When someone in your family passes away due to negligence or carelessness, their partner or children are eligible for wrongful death compensation.n Missouri, grandchildren are also eligible to collect such benefits.

Additionally, if you have a child under the age of 25 who passes away, you become eligible for wrongful death benefits as the parent. If the victim is deceased, they cannot present their case, but an experienced attorney can. Your lawyer will help you navigate this process and ensure that everyone in your family receives proper compensation in the event of wrongful death.  

There are several ways that you can end up with a medical malpractice case on your hands. Whether your doctor has failed to properly maintain equipment, a hospital has failed to follow procedures or help a patient in distress, or you have received the wrong care as a result of a misdiagnosis, you or your loved ones may be entitled to compensation.

If you believe you were injured due to a case of medical malpractice, contact Potts Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.