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How To Choose a Ft. Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you believe you have been seriously injured as the result of negligence by a health care provider and you want to investigate the possibility of filing a medical malpractice suit, take a few moments to review these tips from Martin, Lister & Alvarez a leading medical malpractice law firm.

There is certainly no shortage of attorneys in Fort Lauderdale but medical malpractice is a specialty that not many attorneys specialize in. Compared to other fields of personal injury like premises or product liability, medical malpractice suits are complicated, expensive to pursue, time consuming and risky. Finding a qualified lawyer to handle your case may be more difficult than you might expect.

For starters the lawyers who handle medical malpractice either represent injured parties or the persons/organizations being sued but not both. What you will be looking for is a "plaintiff" attorney to represent your case. Finding one that you are comfortable with will be easier if you take advantage of the following tips.

Finding a Qualified Medical Malpractice Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

  1. If you have a good relationship with an attorney working in another field you can start your search by asking him or her for a referral. However, just because your attorney is great at tax law doesn’t mean he knows the medical malpractice community.
  2. Do a search on the internet and then check the biographies of the lawyers specializing in medical malpractice. Are they, or their firm, members of the American Association of Trial Lawyers or the Florida Association of Trial Lawyers? Do they provide blogs or FAQs regarding medical malpractice?
  3. If you can narrow your choices to two or three attorneys check the state bar association website to make certain the lawyer is in good standing.
  4. Malpractice lawsuits are very expensive and very time consuming. You want assurances that the law firm has the financial resources to pursue your case effectively.
  5. The hard part comes next. Because medical malpractice cases are risky, and because lawyers specializing in this field are often swamped with cases, they tend to turn down many cases. You want to find a firm that will give your circumstances a fair case evaluation.
  6. If you are having trouble finding a lawyer to take your case it may be because of the way you are presenting it. Consider gathering your medical records and having them reviewed by a nurse. If you can present your case as already being reviewed by a medical professional you may improve your chances of having your suit accepted.

The sad truth is not all bad things that happen to you as a result of poor medical care qualifies legally as negligent malpractice. Most attorneys who don’t take your case will be polite and say they are just too busy. That’s actually a disservice. A professional will explain why your case has little to no hope of success.

If you have additional questions regarding medical malpractice feel free to contact us. If you have a potential case, please contact us now.