The best way to find the best Michigan medical malpractice lawyer is to know what to look for. It is also important to know what to avoid. If you are thinking about hiring a lawyer to handle your medical malpractice case, here are some important questions to ask.
- What percentage of your law practice consists of serious personal injury cases?
- What kind of results have you obtained for past clients, both in settlements and jury verdicts?
- Have you ever published a book on medical malpractice claims?
- Do you have a website where I can learn more about your law practice before I come in for a consultation?
If a lawyer is unable to answer these questions, he or she is probably not the lawyer for you!
It is also important not to pick a lawyer because that lawyer has spent a lot of money on ads in the Yellow Pages or on a TV commercial.
When a lawyer spends a lot on advertising, it is sometimes because he does not get good referrals from his past clients or from other lawyers. Part of that reason may be the ads or commercials themselves: when an ad is successful it can generate a lot of business for a lawyer. If he does not have the resources to handle all of these cases, it will be easy for one case to slip through the cracks. You do not want this case to be yours!
It is also important not to unreasonably restrict the geographic scope of your search. There are only a handful of attorneys who specialize in medical malpractice in the entire state of Michigan. You want one of these attorneys working on your case, not the attorney whose office is closest to your home. An attorney's license is issued by the State and good throughout the State. The Michigan medical malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle medical malpractice cases throughout the state of Michigan.
You should also consider asking each of the attorneys you are thinking of hiring about the other attorneys you are considering. Attorneys who are at the top of the profession have plenty of cases and do not need to disparage other attorneys. If a lawyer says nothing but bad things about all the attorneys you are considering, that may be a sign he or she is desperate for cases. On the other hand, if several attorneys say generally say good things about the others but they say the same bad thing about one attorney, that may be a sign that the one attorney is not someone you want to hire.
The bottom line is that the best attorney to hire is someone who has the knowledge, experience, and ability to represent you before a judge and jury. If an attorney can't prove to you that he deserves your case, how can he prove your case in court?