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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Medical malpractice lawsuits are among the most complicated and expensive lawsuits to handle. Malpractice attorneys typically must spend a substantial amount of money up front on medical researchers and experts, so they are sometimes reluctant to take cases they suspect they will not be able to win. In addition, since they often work on a contingency basis, they may not be willing to invest the up-front expenses.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits--Getting Started

Since medical malpractice attorneys usually only take cases on one side of the issue, it is important for you, if you are an injured party, to ascertain in advance whether the attorney or firm you are considering will be on the right side for you. One of the toughest parts of getting into a medical malpractice lawsuit is the very beginning, finding the right lawyer and gathering the appropriate information. If you can find an attorney who believes your case has merit and can be won, you should understand that the defendant's attorney will be working to refute your claims.

Before you even talk to an attorney, you should gather as much information as possible about your case. This can include medical records, photographs, a list of witnesses, and anything else you think might be helpful for the attorney. Medical malpractice lawsuits can take up a lot of an attorney's and your time, so the more information he or she has at the beginning the happier everyone will be.

Winning Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

When you are considering an attorney to handle your case, you should look at his or her record when it comes to having experience taking cases to trial and winning them. This is important if your case has merit because the defendant's attorneys may make settlement offers, and you will need to learn from your own attorney in advance what amount he or she calculates as fair for your case. Remember that it is always best for you if your attorney will take your case on a contingency basis because he or she will not receive any money unless the case is won.

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