Yes, it can greatly help your medical malpractice case to get an attorney on your side. A lawyer who is trained in medical malpractice is familiar with the time a lawsuit takes and the type of experts he or she needs to talk to. Additionally, if you are injured, you may not have the strength or energy to take on the case yourself.
Medical malpractice law is very complicated and varies from state to state. A medical malpractice case often involves many different people and entities. These may include but are not limited to; doctors and other healthcare practitioners; hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities; insurance companies; lawyers; social and other state agency workers. Medical malpractice cases tend to be long and involved even if they are settled without going to trial. There is a good chance that you would find it helpful to have an attorney on your side who has tried medical malpractice cases before.
People who become lawyers do so by going to many years of school. They have to pass rigorous exams before they are allowed to practice. Once they are licensed to practice, they are often mentored by an experienced lawyer for many years before working more independently on their clients’ cases. Within this select group of people who have worked long and hard to practice law, some of them are excellent lawyers and some of them are bad lawyers- and a whole variety of abilities and skills in between. If you have a good lawyer fighting for you, while there are no guarantees, you have a much better chance of getting the compensation you deserve than if you have a bad lawyer or if you try to handle your case on your own.
While only you and your family can decide whether it is right for you to hire a lawyer, there is a good chance that you will find it helpful to talk to someone who already understands how the law works. It may ease your mind to know that you do not have to worry about figuring out what needs to be done to pursue your case. The sooner you talk to a lawyer about your case, the sooner that s/he can start gathering evidence and building a strong case for you.
Even if you were trained as a lawyer, if you are in pain or debilitated because of something a medical practitioner’s negligence caused, you are likely not in a good place to try to fight for your rights. If you are not already trained and educated to practice law, it would probably feel like you are starting a whole new job that you have no training for, while you feel awful.
If you are taking care of someone who is not okay because of medical negligence or are grieving over the loss of a loved one because of this, there is a good chance that you do not have time for your regular, daily routines- let alone trying to figure out how to put together a case that would stand up to opposing lawyers in the courtroom. If you have a lawyer on your side, regardless of how many actual lawyers are working on your case, you have a team on your side. It may help to ease the feelings of isolation that medical malpractice can cause a person and their family.
Talk to a lawyer from Cohen & Cohen today if you need aid.