If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in a doctor malpractice case in Chicago, consider asking the following questions to make sure you choose the best attorney for you needs:
What type of experience do you have with medical malpractice lawsuits?
While the number of years an attorney has practiced law is important, it is equally important to find out if the attorney has experience representing cases similar to yours. Whether you’ve suffered harm as the result of surgical error, emergency room negligence, misdiagnosis or improper treatment, look for an attorney with specific experience in the type of claim you have.
What type of results have you achieved for other clients?
While an attorney cannot promise results for medical malpractice lawsuits, learning about the types of results they have achieved for other clients can help you determine how successful the attorney is in representing cases like yours.
How will you communicate with me throughout the case?
Communication is an important consideration when choosing an attorney. You not only want to make sure your attorney will keep you up-to-date on the progress of your case, but that you feel comfortable talking to them and can get answers when you have questions. An attorney should never talk down to you.
What type of compensation am I eligible to receive?
The type of compensation you are eligible to receive is dependent upon the unique circumstances surrounding your case. An attorney will need to determine the potential value of your case by considering the long-term impact of an injury, whether you contributed to your injuries in any way, whether you have lost the ability to work, whether you need long-term care providers and how much you have spent in medical care, as well as other factors.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Pursuing a case to hold a physician accountable for malpractice can be time-consuming. How long a case takes to resolve depends on the unique circumstances surrounding your case. Sometimes cases settle early, but it is not wise to rush a settlement if you are seeking the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled. An experienced attorney should be able to advise you on an estimated time frame for resolving your case.
Of course, you will want to make sure you hire an attorney with whom you feel comfortable. You will be working with this person for a considerable amount of time. Choose someone with whom you can work well.
Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. has over 30 years of experience representing a wide variety of medical malpractice lawsuits throughout Illinois. We have achieved record-breaking verdicts for our clients and attend to every case with the care and diligence it deserves. To learn more about us or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.