How to Find a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Advice from The Haynes Firm
You have just suffered one of the most
devastating losses you have ever experienced. Your loved one has recently died after being
discharged from your local Hospital emergency department with a diagnosis
of influenza. Your intuition told you that they weren’t paying attention
to him in the Emergency Room. You really felt like your loved one was
very sick, but the Hospital staff and doctor convinced you that it was
just a bad case of flu. Little did you know that your loved one would
die of a massive heart attack just hours after being in the place where
you are supposed to go when you are sick so they can prevent death or
Stories like these are heartbreaking. Yet, stories like these are being
told to attorneys every day. Each story is slightly different, just as
each life affected is unique. The common thread amongst these stories
is that a special person that you loved dearly has been taken away from
you or otherwise the life they have known has been permanently altered.
You may still be dealing with the intense pain of the loss. The last thing
you want to do is talk with a lawyer about this tragedy. The last thing
you want to do is re-live the horrific experience. But you have this nagging
feeling that your love one was ignored, that he or she was given substandard
care, and you have questions. You are not seeking a big payout. You are
seeking answers. You are seeking justice. And you believe strongly that
no one should have to suffer through what you and your family have just
Why a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
So where do you turn? You see seemingly every lawyer in your area proclaiming
expertise in personal injury and medical malpractice. Aren’t they
all alike? Won’t any one of them do? Can’t the lawyer that
handled your uncle’s car crash, or the lawyer that helped your friend
in her divorce, or the lawyer that helped your neighbor’s son when
he was charged with a DUI, help you? It depends on who you ask.
But if you ask a lawyer that has truly handled medical malpractice cases,
the answer will almost always be that you need a lawyer that focuses the
majority of his or her time in evaluating, developing, and trying medical
Why do you need a lawyer that focuses most of his or her practice on prosecuting
medical malpractice cases?
Because medical malpractice is different. It is unlike any other area of the practice of law. If a lawyer doesn’t
understand that medical malpractice is different, he or she will litigate
a medical malpractice case as if it was an automobile collision case,
or a slip and fall, or any other injury case that the lawyer may have
handled in the past. But, it is worth repeating, medical malpractice is
different. Failure to contact a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice
first can truly effect whether your case ever gets off the ground.
Do Your Homework & Ask the Right Questions
So, how do you know whether the lawyer is experienced in medical malpractice
before you make the first call?
You have to do your homework. If you know an attorney or Judge that you can trust to advise you of
the most capable and experienced attorneys in your area, that may be a
good place to start. The key, however, is being able to trust the attorney
to provide you advice that is in your best interest, not that of the attorney.
Who would the attorney contact if he or she had a loved one that had been
injured due to malpractice?
What firm do other attorneys associate to assist them in handling medical
malpractice cases if they need help? The answer to these questions may very well point you in the right direction.
Second, you may wish to visit the attorney’s website to see whether
the lawyer has actually handled malpractice cases.
Where is the attorney’s office? Do they actually practice in your
community or just advertise in it? Will they be accessible to you when you need to discuss your case or drop
off/sign documents? When speaking with the lawyer, be very cautious if
the lawyer suggests that your case is a “shoe-in” or very
quickly concludes that you have a “great case.” Why? Because,
as we’ve said before, medical malpractice is different. While an
experienced malpractice attorney can often assess whether you have a possible
claim over the telephone, if a lawyer promises that you have a winning
case before he or she has reviewed any medical records or consulted with
an expert, he or she is probably a lawyer that doesn’t handle much
in the way of medical malpractice. In conclusion:
be careful and do your research.
The Haynes Firm has been representing victims of
medical malpractice for decades. Our attorneys devote the majority of their practice to handling
medical malpractice cases, drawing upon their extensive experience to
seek the best result for their clients.