What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
The three key benefits of hiring a medical malpractice attorney are: experience, professional insight, and peace of mind.
Every individual has the right to represent themselves in a court of law, but many do not have the time, knowledge, or experience needed to secure the best outcome. Here are the facts:
- You are 91% likely to take home a settlement if you are represented by an attorney, compared to a mere 51% likelihood of any payout if you go in alone.
- Represented settlements average 300% higher than self-handled settlements in personal injury cases.
- A well-versed lawyer knows how to meet strict deadlines associated with filing lawsuits. If you miss even one due to a lack of experience in how to meet court requirements, you could lose your chance for compensation entirely.
When you hire an attorney, you gain the benefit of their tried-and-trusted experience. At Osborne & Francis, we have decades of proven results, multiple attorneys with their own dedicated concentrations, and a full staff to make sure your case is handled with accuracy.
2. Professional Insight
A professional attorney has critical, up-to-date insight on the multiple intersecting areas of law your case may fall under. Medical malpractice encompasses the poor or improper performance of any medical professional, including surgeons, doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and hospital or clinic staff.
The most common medical malpractice cases include (but are not limited to):
- Surgical errors: Wrong-side, wrong-site, and wrong procedure errors are inexcusable lapses in professionalism. A mistake in surgery could mean a higher risk of infection, unnecessary pain, and an untreated original injury that worsens due to delay in care.
- Birth injuries: Injuries during birth can affect mother and child. However, the harm done to infants is particularly horrifying, as brain injuries or neonatal negligence can rob a child of a rich, full life.
- Hospital negligence: Errors made by physician assistants, administrative staff, or janitorial workers that lead to patient injury. Such errors may be pursued under medical malpractice law to compensate the injured, and prompt improvements in hospital management.
- Failure to diagnose: An overlooked condition or misdiagnosis can lead to increased pain, harm, and even a fatal loss of life that could justify a wrongful death suit.
- Pharmaceutical errors: Improper prescriptions, incorrect dosages, or administration mistakes are all examples of medication errors that can cause significant injury. Damages for these errors may be pursued in a medical malpractice case.
Another separate yet overlapping area of medical injury comes from defective medical devices. If a healthcare professional knowingly or negligently uses a harmful device on a patient, causing injury, a medical malpractice case may get more complex.
When appropriate, an experienced medical malpractice attorney from Osborne & Francis can pursue two or more actions related to the same injury. For example, one suit may be brought against a practitioner for improper care, and another against the manufacturer of a defective medical product. This opens up all accessible avenues for compensation, which improves your ability to have all of your injury costs (and future care needs) fully covered.
3. Peace of Mind
One of the most valuable services we provide to our clients is peace of mind. For you, that means our lawyers and staff do the work of building a case, while you and your loved ones rest and recover.
Peace of mind also means that we keep you regularly updated on the status of your case, and are available to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can last anywhere from several months to multiple years. We will see your case through to a satisfactory end no matter what is required (mediations, negotiations, or full trials). With our lawyers by your side, you need not put your life on hold while the wheels of the justice system turn.
There are objective financial advantages to hiring an attorney for medical malpractice cases, as well as emotional and psychological benefits. In multiple ways, the right attorney can vastly improve your present well-being and future results.
Empower the medical malpractice lawyers at Osborne & Francis by contacting us today — let us meet legal deadlines on your behalf, so you can focus on healing in peace.
What Should I Look for When Hiring a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Essential questions to ask when choosing a medical malpractice attorney include:
- Relevant case results: Has this attorney won previous cases similar to yours? Were those clients adequately compensated?
- Cost of service: Does this attorney require you to pay upfront, or do they work on a “contingency fee” basis? Osborne & Francis operates under a contingency fee system, meaning that we are only paid our fee if we secure a recovery in your case.
- Recent trial experience: Does this lawyer regularly go to trial? Are they willing to see your case through a full trial if necessary for justice?
At Osborne & Francis, we are proven trial attorneys with record-breaking case results. We have the necessary background in multiple areas of medical malpractice — from birth injuries to defective implants to surgical and medication errors. We invest in your case upfront, and are not paid for our services until we have earned a win for you and your family.