Essential Reasons to Hire an Attorney When Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim
When a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional makes a mistake in your treatment that causes you to be injured, you'll most likely not find it easy to hold them accountable for their malpractice. The stakes for the party to blame can be higher than in other types of personal injury cases.
However, you're more likely to be successful in recovering the compensation you deserve if you retain an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Medical Malpractice: How an Attorney Helps Your Claim Process
If you believe you're the victim of medical malpractice, it would be a big mistake if you try to settle the claim on your own, or hire a personal injury attorney who has no or little experience handling this type of case.
Here are a few reasons why you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney:
- Knowledge of law and medicine. An experienced medical malpractice attorney understands the complicated laws governing medical malpractice cases and the standard of practice for many medical conditions. An attorney who doesn't understand how medical conditions should be properly treated and can't spot the errors in your care cannot hope to effective prove a doctor’s or other medical care provider’s malpractice.
- Complex cases. Medical malpractice cases are often more complicated because so many parts of the body can be damaged. In addition, multiple parties—such as doctors, nurses, and hospitals—can be liable. Because of the risks of losing a professional license or skyrocketing malpractice insurance premiums if a claim is paid, medical professionals and their insurance companies tend to aggressively fight to deny or reduce these claims.
- Medical experts. In Idaho, you cannot file a medical malpractice lawsuit without first obtaining a medical expert who has knowledge of the standard of care for your condition and who is otherwise qualified as an expert. An attorney who handles many medical malpractice cases has a network of qualified professionals in the medical field who are reliable witnesses if your case goes to trial.
- Thorough investigation. An experienced medical malpractice attorney understands the importance of thoroughly investigating your claim and obtaining the medical records needed to prove your case. This can be challenging, since the records are often in the possession of the negligent party.
- Value of your claim. An attorney who handles these cases will be able to accurately value your claim for compensation. He has the knowledge to take into the account the risks in this type of case and the strengths and weaknesses of your claim in order to determine what you can realistically hope to recover.
Because of the complexity, time, and cost involved in pursuing a medical malpractice claim, it's harder to achieve a favorable outcome if you go it alone. Alan Morton can help obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. To learn more, call our office to schedule your free consultation.