Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. That’s right. Doctors are the third leading cause of death. If that doesn’t alarm you, nothing will. The Journal of the American Medical Association is the one reporting the statistic. Right after heart disease and cancer, medical malpractice is the number one leading cause of death. You should be very afraid. And, you should understand why medical malpractice insurance for medical doctors has gone through the roof.
In one year alone, in 2012, more than $3 billion was spent in payouts for medical malpractice. That averaged out to one payment every 45 minutes or so.
Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare provide veers off from the norm in the patient’s treatment. The “standard of care” definition is basically what a reasonable medical doctor would have done (or would not have done) under the exact same (or similar) circumstances. It really comes down to whether the medical doctor or healthcare provider was negligent or not.
#1. Get in touch with at least three to four attorneys. Try to get a feel for what all of them think of your case.
#2. Be cautious about any attorney who makes really big promises.
#3. Make sure the attorney is really upfront and straightforward about his fees.
#4. Get to know the attorney on a personal level.
#5. You need to ensure that the lawyer specializes in medical malpractice.
You want a lawyer with a lot of experience in the field. If you don’t hire a specialist medical malpractice attorney, you might not get the money you are owed. You need to get a lawyer who is experienced at getting money from negligent healthcare providers. If you don’t hire the right attorney, you might never get justice for your injury or a family member’s death.