Important questions to ask a medical malpractice lawyer

5 Important Questions to Ask a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Are you considering hiring a medical malpractice lawyer? Whatever reason you are interested in hiring a medical malpractice lawyer, you must come prepared with a list of questions.

These are the best questions to ask when talking to medical malpractice lawyers:

  • How much experience do you have dealing with medical malpractice cases?
  • How can I tell if I have a valid case?
  • What will it cost me to hire a medical malpractice lawyer?
  • What kind of information will I be asked for?
  • How long will it take me to litigate my case?

When it comes to hiring medical malpractice lawyers, you want someone with experience who can put your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have. At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we’ve got the experience you need to feel confident moving forward with your medical malpractice case.

1. How much experience does your firm have dealing with medical malpractice cases?

The first question you should ask any medical malpractice lawyers you’re consulting with is how much experience their firm has with dealing with medical malpractice cases. After all, the last thing you want to deal with when pursuing your medical malpractice case is an inexperienced medical malpractice lawyer.

Ask the medical malpractice lawyers you’re interviewing how much experience they have with going to trial and their success rate. You must hire a medical malpractice lawyer who knows how to build a strong case for you and can hire qualified and experienced medical experts.

2. How can I tell if I have a valid case?

It’s also imperative to ensure that the medical malpractice lawyers you talk to can determine if you have a valid case or not. The most important aspects of having a valid case are:

  • Being able to demonstrate that a health care provider breached an expected standard of care.
  • Being able to demonstrate that the breach in care caused an injury or damage to you.

The goal of a medical malpractice lawyer is to prove in court that the care or treatment you received was below the generally accepted standards of care. In addition, medical malpractice lawyers must prove that if you had received appropriate treatment, you would not have sustained the injury or damage that you did.

This is why it’s crucial to hire medical malpractice lawyers who have a good connection with medical experts who can then explain to the court what level of care you should have received and whether it was met or not.

3. What will it cost me to hire a medical malpractice lawyer from your firm?

Court cases aren’t cheap, so it’s very important to know what you’re looking at having to pay before you select a medical malpractice lawyer. As medical malpractice cases can get very costly, the majority of medical malpractice lawyers operate on what is called a contingency fee basis, often referred to as “No Win, No Pay.”

This means that if your medical malpractice lawyer does not win your case, then you do not have to pay any fees at all. If your medical malpractice lawyer wins your case, they will take their fees (for their hours worked, hiring expert witnesses, etc.) out of your settlement.

4. What kind of information will be asked for?

The “burden of proof” is on the plaintiff when it comes to medical malpractice cases. This means that you (and your medical malpractice lawyers) will be responsible for being able to prove you received substandard care and that it harmed you.

If your case goes to trial, you may have to release both medical records that contain information about your health and financial records if you claim that you’ve lost income due to medical malpractice. So if you want to pursue a medical malpractice case, you need to be sure you’re comfortable sharing what could be generally considered “private” information.

5. How long will my medical malpractice case take?

Another question you can ask any medical malpractice lawyers you consult with is how long they expect your medical malpractice case to take. Any medical malpractice lawyers you’re talking to should be able to outline:

  • What the steps are in a medical malpractice case.
  • What amount of time you can reasonably expect the case to take to settle.
  • What level of participation will be required from you during your medical malpractice case.

Why should I hire medical malpractice lawyers from Somers Roth & Elmaleh?

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we have extensive experience pursuing medical malpractice cases. When you have your free consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers, they can tell you:

  • What some examples of medical malpractice are, including unnecessary surgery, a medical misdiagnosis, or improperly prescribed medication.
  • Whether we think we can win a medical malpractice case for you.
  • What some of the documentation we may need you to provide us with, including hospital logs, diagnostic images, pharmacy receipts, and photographs of any injuries.

Pursuing a medical malpractice case can be challenging and intimidating. That’s why it’s so important to contact medical malpractice lawyers before you start pursuing a medical malpractice case. With a medical malpractice lawyer from Sommers Roth & Elmaleh by your side, you can pursue your case knowing you’ve got an experienced lawyer by your side every step of the way.

Asking the Right Questions Can Make All the Difference

To make sure that you’re hiring the right medical malpractice lawyers for your medical malpractice case, it’s essential to ask the right questions when you have a consultation with them.

We’ve outlined five crucial questions to ask any medical malpractice lawyers you talk to in order to ensure you hire a competent and caring medical malpractice lawyer.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we aim to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to for any pain, suffering, and financial loss you endured due to a medical misdiagnosis. Our experienced and caring medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you every step of the way.

Contact us at 416-961-1212 or online to learn more about how our medical malpractice lawyers can help you.

Jeremy M. Syrtash Jeremy is a civil litigator who specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury law, Jeremy understands the needs and concerns of his clients in order to help them navigate their complex situations. Jeremy is a passionate civil litigator who has successfully appeared before the Ontario court of justice, Ontario superior court of justice and the health professions appeal and review board. Jeremy is also a member of the law society of Ontario, Ontario bar association (oba), Ontario trial lawyers association (OTLA), the Toronto lawyers association (TLA), and the advocate’s society (tas).

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