Why Retaining An Attorney Is Necessary To Prosecute A Medical Malpractice Case
Hiring a medical malpractice attorney to handle your case is a must in most instances. Choosing the right attorney can take time. But once you have an attorney you can be confident that your case will be handled with great care. Some medical malpractice cases can be handled by oneself (pro se) but a serious medical malpractice case requires a serious injury attorney to prosecute the wrongdoer.
The first reason why you need a medical malpractice attorney to handle your case is due to the complexity of the case. Medical malpractice cases can be legally and medically complex and presents massive difficulties for injured patients and families of loved ones to seek compensation for the harm they have undergone on their own. Beyond the legal hurdles that any untrained person will face in prosecuting any type of case, a medical malpractice case is further complicated because modern medicine is not easily understood. A good lawyer will have medical experts she or he can turn to in assisting them in understanding the medicine side of the case.
Second, prosecuting a medical malpractice case is expensive. Virtually all medical malpractice cases require at least one medical experts and often several medical experts. Experts are not inexpensive and often charge thousands of dollars to review a case and provide opinions about the care provided to the patient. It is not that uncommon for a serious medical malpractice to cost up to and sometimes well beyond $100,000.00 just to have a jury determine if the medical provider was negligent. If the patient loses, then the costs are not returned to the patient and the patient may even be required to pay the doctor’s or medical provider’s costs in defending the case. Clearly, prosecuting a medical malpractice is expensive and risky. Without an attorney, ordinary patients and their families would never be able to afford to prosecute a medical malpractice case; leaving other, future patients of that negligent doctor or provider to suffer a similar fate.
Too often, medical malpractice victims either fail to act on their claim or they even attempt to resolve their case without seeking help from an attorney. In our experience one of the biggest reasons that injured people do not seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney is because they do not think that they can afford an attorney.
Most medical malpractice attorneys agree to be paid only if the victim is paid under a contingency fee agreement and do not require any type of money paid up front. An attorney’s fee agreement is typically regulated by the State Bar of New Mexico.
The Davis Kelin Law Firm is Albuquerque’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm. We specialize in medical malpractice cases. Our attorneys are experts when it comes to handling malpractice cases in New Mexico. Give us a call today to discuss your case at (505) 242-7200. We believe strong representation means strong results.