Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice? Check out these 3 medical malpractice tips, then call our Kansas lawyers now.
1. Choosing a Medical Malpractice Attorney
We talked to somebody recently who had a medical malpractice case. She said that she was going to hire the attorney that she had used in the past for a will. She asked if that was a good idea.
It’s a good question. It’s a question a lot of people have. How do you go about determining the best attorney for you in your situation?
If you have a medical malpractice case in Kansas, there are a couple of things to consider when selecting an attorney. One, you want to make sure that the attorney you select is focused on handling medical malpractice cases. You want somebody who knows how to handle medical malpractice cases and has the ability and the time to do that. If you hire an attorney that has handled a will for you in the past or some other type of case, they are most likely a general practice attorney that handles a wide variety of different types of cases. Medical malpractice cases are extremely specialized and difficult to handle unless you know how to handle them and you handle a lot of them.
You also want to make sure that you hire an attorney that has experience and success in medical malpractice cases. Medical malpractice cases in Kansas are very aggressively defended and very difficult to win. You want to make sure that you find an attorney that knows how to handle a medical malpractice case properly and can present a case that you will succeed in.
Finally, you want to make sure that you hire a trial attorney. Most medical malpractice cases in Kansas do require going to trial. You’re going to want an attorney who knows how to take a case to trial. Not all attorneys know how to take a case and try a jury trial.
You want to make sure you find somebody who is experienced in that. They will work your case up from the beginning preparing to go in front of the jury and try your case.
If you have any questions about whether you can find the right attorney for you or how to find an attorney for your medical malpractice case, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions.
2. Mistakes To Avoid After a Medical Malpractice
We’ve talked to a lot of people who have medical malpractice claims. We see a lot of common mistakes that a lot of people make. One mistake that we see a lot is that people think that they can resolve a medical malpractice case directly with the doctor. The doctor may tell them that they made a mistake and they think they can just handle it without an attorney.
In Kansas, the vast majority of these cases are very aggressively contested and defended. It is not likely that a doctor is going to settle a medical malpractice case with you directly. They may suggest that to you in order to keep you from hiring an attorney, but it is extremely unlikely that you will actually get a case resolved on your own without an attorney.
Another common mistake is that people think that they have a lot of time to hire an attorney and so they will wait to hire an attorney. The problem that can present is that evidence changes, disappears, maybe medical records have changed, or witnesses move away or remember things differently. It’s extremely important to hire an attorney as soon as possible so that they can investigate the case for you and gather the evidence necessary to prove your claim.
Finally, a common mistake we see is that people hire the wrong attorney. You really want to make sure you hire an attorney that is skilled at handling medical malpractice cases and is a trial attorney that is willing to take your case to trial and present the case to a jury and knows how to present the case to a jury in a way that will actually succeed and provide you recovery for your damages. If you have any questions about your medical malpractice case, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions.
3. Medical Malpractice Insurance Investigation
A common thing we see in medical malpractice cases is either the insurance company or the risk manager from the hospital reaches out to the injured patient and wants to take a statement. It is never a good idea to talk to either an insurance company or a risk manager about the medical malpractice claim and not a good idea to give them a statement. They are hoping to gather information from you that will help them deny your claim in the future.
At that stage, you may not even be entirely sure all of the intricate details of what has actually happened and in what way the doctors or the hospital were negligent. It’s not a good idea to talk to the insurance company or a risk manager at a hospital early on. If you have a medical malpractice claim or even question whether you have a medical malpractice claim, the best thing you can do is contact an attorney immediately so that they can investigate the claim for you and handle any interactions with the insurance carrier or risk managers. If you have any questions about your medical malpractice claim, please give us a call.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice in Kansas due to the negligence of someone else and have questions about these 3 medical malpractice tips? Contact our experienced Kansas medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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