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How Do I Choose A Medical Malpractice Attorney?

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Published on Apr 18, 2012

Part 8 of a series of FAQs at http://www.cliffordlaw.com/chicago-me.... This video answers the question "How do I choose a medical malpractice attorney?" It features Susan Capra, a registered nurse and Chicago medical malpractice lawyer who is a partner with Clifford Law Offices (see a transcript of Susan's answer below). If you think you may have a medical malpractice case, call us at 1 (866) 896-6896. Consulting with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can provide a sound basis on whether to pursue an action in court.

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Susan's answer:

How do I choose an attorney to investigate a potential malpractice claim?
SAC: That's a good question. Medical malpractice is a very distinct and specialized type of law. You want to choose an experienced medical malpractice attorney. An attorney who deals with these types of cases and has handled these cases in the past. Most law firms now have websites and you can go to the website of the law firm and see a record of the types of cases they have handled. I think you also want an attorney who has trial experience, an attorney who has taken many malpractice cases to trial. Your case goes to trial, you want the best shot of winning and your best shot is with an experienced trial attorney. You also want to choose a law firm that has the manpower and financial resources to prosecute your case. You want more than one attorney working on the case so if a deposition is scheduled on Monday and if the partner on the case can't do it, there can be another partner and associate who can step right in to do that deposition to keep the case moving.
We have not talked about it in great detail, but these cases can be extremely expensive to prosecute. The cost of litigation in a medical malpractice can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. You want a firm that is going to be able to advance those costs so they can hire the very best expert for your case. So they can afford the demonstrative exhibits at trial that will teach and educate the jury about your case. I think most importantly you want an attorney who cares. An attorney who cares not just about your case, but about you as a person. When you meet that attorney, are they responsive to you, are they listening to you? Are they putting you at ease? Do you feel comfortable? So bottom line is you want a competent, hard-working, caring attorney to handle your case.

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