How to Choose an Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical mistakes and errors by medical professionals in the U.S. are responsible for 44,000 and 98,000 deaths each year. Medical negligence or medical malpractice as it’s commonly referred to, can range from misread x-rays, birth injuries, to improper use of a medical device or implants just to name a few. Sadly, these mistakes can result in permanent injuries or death. The injured and their families find the physical, emotional and financial costs of the injuries overwhelming.
It is important that those affected by the injuries seek qualified legal advocates to help navigate the very complicated medical malpractice waters. However,it’s important to choose wisely because not all Oregon medical malpractice lawyers are created equal.
Determine Experience, Background, and Legal Skills before Hiring
An article byattorneys.com titled: “ Things to Consider When Selecting Medical Malpractice Attorneys” provides some questions to ask potential medical malpractice attorneys to better help understand theirexperience and track record. Some questions may include the following:
- How long have you been trying medical malpractice cases?
- How many of these cases do you handle each year?
- Do you know a medical expert witness whose testimony will be crucial to my case?
- Do you practice any other types of law? Or do medical malpractice lawsuits take up 100 percent of your time?
- What are some of the complexities of my case? How do the laws in my state affect my case?
- How do you get paid? What are the fees associated with this case?
Trust is a Big Factor
After the initial consultation and examining their credentials and experience, you should have some idea whether the Oregon medical malpractice lawyers you are considering are qualified to handle your case. It’s equally important that you are comfortable and trust them and would rely on their sound judgment in representing your best interests.
Important note: Don’t take too long to in deciding which medical malpractice lawyer to hire. You may be working against astatute of limitations, or a deadline in which you can file the lawsuit. Medical malpractice cases are very time consuming and expensive to litigate so time is of the essence.
If you believe that you or someone you care about has been a victim of medical malpractice or doctor negligence, you should seek legal advice immediately. Contact us and complete the online consultation form or call our office for immediate assistance at (503) 226-6361.