Medical malpractice is a highly specialized area of law. Perhaps in no other area is it so important to fully vet the attorney that you hire to represent you. The reason that medical malpractice is so different from, say, real estate law or criminal law, is that in the area of medical malpractice you have not just one, but two highly specialized fields. First, as with any area of law, you have legal aspects to the case. This requires an attorney, with the requisite law degree, who can carefully analyze and interpret the legal requirements.
In addition, however, you have medical aspects to the case. If anything, medicine is more complex and nuanced than even the law. If you have an attorney advocating for you, but not a doctor, you’re only halfway to winning your medical malpractice lawsuit. Most attorneys are woefully ill-equipped to understand medicine, because they have not been through medical school and lack the prerequisite training.
Here at The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., Los Angeles attorney Dr. Kramer has the legal and medical training, and the experience, to zealously represent his clients in even the most severe medical malpractice cases. As both a lawyer and a medical doctor, he can analyze both legal and medical issues. When you are hiring a medical malpractice attorney, here are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Does Your Attorney Have a Medical Degree?
As already noted, in a medical malpractice case having legal training is simply not enough. Your attorney must be able to understand and negotiate on fine points of medical error. Not only that, but if your case goes to trial, your attorney needs to so fully understand the medical error that he can also explain it succinctly to the judge and jury.
How Many Cases Go to Trial?
Ask any law office you are considering hiring how many of their medical malpractice cases go to trial. Many attorneys become easily overwhelmed with the complexity of medical malpractice, and will eagerly settle cases for pennies on the dollar rather than risk taking a case to trial when they don’t fully understand it. A great medical malpractice attorney knows when to settle and when it’s worth putting a case in front of a jury.
What Kind of Communication Does Their Office Provide?
Your case is important. You know it, and your attorney should believe it. Check the reviews and accolades for any law office you are considering. Avvo.com is a great website to check real reviews of attorneys by past clients. This will give you a good insight into the communication you can expect from that office and how well they treat their clients.
If you or someone you love has had unexpected complications from a botched medical procedure, call The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. at (310) 289-2600 or visit us online to have your case reviewed today.