Finding a medical negligence lawyer can be a bit of a minefield, as different medical negligence lawyers specialise in different areas of medicine. Medical negligence claims can be very confusing and difficult to tackle on your own, so this article should help you to understand how to find a medical negligence lawyer to help you with your claim.
1. Firstly, you need to know whether or not your lawyer offers a no-win no-fee claim. Many medical negligence lawyers operate in this way, and they will assess your case to see how likely you are to win your claim before taking on your case. If they think you are likely to win, they will take on your case, and if they think you are unlikely to win, they usually won’t take on your case as they will not get a fee. Other lawyers will gather the costs involved in your claim from the other side, meaning that you don’t pay a fee even if you win. Knowing what you’ll pay if you are successful or unsuccessful in making your claim is one of the most important things to consider when finding a medical negligence lawyer.
2. Discuss your claim with a number of lawyers before you make a start with your claim. You need to know whether your lawyer will be prepared to settle the case out of court, if that’s what you want, or whether they are only willing to follow claims through court. If your lawyer thinks that you should settle, but you are not willing to settle at that amount, you should keep looking.
3. Be completely honest and up front with each lawyer you speak to. Tell your lawyer everything from when you first realised you had a claim, along with the exact details of that claim – whether your doctor made an incorrect diagnosis or whether your doctor caused an illness or injury – the details of the claim can be what makes the case. If you lie to your lawyer, or exacerbate some details of your claim to claim more compensation, you run the very real risk of losing your case.
4. Find a lawyer that specialises in medical negligence. Ask about previous cases that they may have worked on and whether or not they were successful in winning previous cases. If your lawyer is not well versed in medical negligence law, they will not be up to date on the ins and outs of making a claim and so they may not be successful in winning your case.
5. Ultimately, you need to find a lawyer that respects your case and the claim you are trying to make. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your lawyer, or if you feel like they don’t have your best interests at heart, you need to find a new lawyer.
6. Finally, if you have any friends or family that have gone through a medical negligence claim before, ask them for a referral.
Alternatively, if any of your friends or family (or you) knows a lawyer, ask them if they have any contact details for a medical negligence lawyer. Lawyers tend to have a network of other lawyers around them, who specialise in other law fields – so ask around.