Dealing with the Pain of Medical Malpractice: 4 Reasons to Hire an Attorney

Posted On Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Dealing with the Pain of Medical Malpractice: 4 Reasons to Hire an Attorney

Medical malpractice can take the form of an accident due to negligence or intentional misconduct that jeopardizes the health of a patient.

One of the biggest challenges common in almost all of these cases is time. Depending on the nature of the malpractice, physical symptoms of the problem may not emerge for months or years afterwards.

People who believe they did not receive adequate care should consult with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Here are four reasons why.

1) Valuing Claims and Settlements
Determining a viable value for a claim is not as easy as it seems. While lawyers try to get as much for their clients as possible, it's also important that the value is based on actual data related to lost earnings and quality of life. An experienced legal professional can also help negotiate a settlement, which allows victims of malpractice to receive compensation without the stress, delay, and uncertainty of a trial.

2) Making a Strong Case
Even though lawyers are on their clients' side, their job is to provide a rational and objective perspective on each case. They can help patients determine if their situation may qualify as malpractice and if they have the evidence to back it up. They can also help their clients avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that could waste their time or even risk the outcome of their claim.

3) Handling Paperwork and Insurance Companies
Malpractice claims often involve correspondence with insurers, which can be a nightmare for those not used to the process. Malpractice attorneys relieve a lot of the mental burden of the filing process by handling these interactions for their clients. They know the right phrases and procedures to use to get reliable results, as well as the proper process for submitting legal documents to the appropriate parties.

4) Making a Case in Court
For malpractice victims that go to trial, an experienced lawyer is an asset that simply can't be replaced. Lawyers understand the protocols and expectations in the courtroom, so they can advise their client on how to proceed throughout the entire process. They also have the necessary skills to argue the case and make a strong appeal to the judge or jury who will make the final decision.

Victims of malpractice can't necessarily expect to be compensated quickly, especially if the other party doesn't want to settle. This prompts some people to turn to lawsuit financing companies to help bridge the gap or to access the finances they need to initiate a lawsuit. In any event, hiring an attorney will increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.

Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her three-year-old husky Snowball.

Twitter: @LizzieWeakley

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