First of all, why would you want to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on your own?!
Do I believe that an average, intelligent person can handle their own divorce or file suit in small claims court? Absolutely. However, when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits, I firmly believe that a person must be represented by an experienced trial attorney.
Most licensed attorneys won’t even take a medical malpractice case because they are so complicated and risky. Hospitals have deep pockets and hire only the best lawyers to handle their medical malpractice suits. These attorneys have exceptional trial skills and comprehensive medical knowledge. If the majority of practicing attorneys refuse to go up against these guys, why would an average, intelligent person want to do the same?
Furthermore, consider the expenses that go into a medical malpractice lawsuit. Experts cost thousands of dollars. Doctors charge thousands of dollars just to show up in court. Medical records cost money. Independent medical examinations cost money. A lawyer may literally spend $100,000 before he/she even steps foot in a courtroom! That’s a heavy burden for a small law firm, let alone an injured person living off of a disability check or SSI because of their injuries.
I’m sure the number one reason that someone would want to file their own medical malpractice lawsuit is because they do not have money to hire an attorney. While that may be a legitimate concern in other areas of the law, medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that we do not get paid unless the client wins. If god forbid we loose, all of the expenses listed above come out of the attorney’s pocket– not the client’s.
So if you are truly hurt and are counting on a settlement just to get by for the next few years, why would you risk that chance by trying to handle things on your own? I may have drills in my toolbox, but if I need a root canal, I’m going to the dentist! I don’t have the skills or know-how to perform my own dental work. The same holds true with medical malpractice lawsuits. If you are hurt, don’t jeopardize your chances of winning your lawsuit and being able to put money aside to take care of yourself in the future. The hospital or doctor you’re suing WILL hire a professional, and I suggest you do the same!
Hopefully now you’ve changed your mind about going at it alone! If you are ready to contact an experienced medical malpractice law firm, we would be more than happy to help you with your case. Either fill out the case evaluation form on the left side of the page, or call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania. A medical malpractice attorney and licensed nurse will contact you within 12 hours.
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