How to Choose a Phoenix, Arizona Medical Malpractice Attorney

08-31-2015
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Have you or a loved one been injured by a mistake made by an Arizona healthcare professional? It’s important to know that medical malpractice cases are complex, and to obtain the best possible outcome, you need to hire an experienced attorney.
With that in mind, you may be asking how you specifically find a qualified Phoenix medical malpractice attorney who will be able to protect your legal rights. The reality is that not all attorneys who will be willing to take your case have the same level of skill, experience, education, and track record of success. There are vast differences between attorneys. This is why it’s important to conduct due diligence before agreeing to work with any law firm.

Conducting an Online Search for an Arizona Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is an aspect of law that few attorneys specialize in. So, the first step in finding the right attorney for you is to conduct an online search and review biographical information about attorneys and their law firms. From this review, you can narrow down your search dramatically to just those who have managed cases involving medical malpractice.

Through an online search, you may also be able to find information on specific cases won by local attorneys or articles written by them. This will give you further insight into those who are winning cases in Arizona.
Next, it’s time to check credentials. Most attorneys who specialize in medical malpractice will belong to one or more personal injury trial lawyers’ associations, including the American Association of Trial Lawyers (ATLA) and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association (AzTLA). Of course, any attorney can pay dues and join an organization. The best of the bunch will be active members who either currently or previously held leadership roles.

Get Referrals
Do you know someone already in the legal profession? This person may be a great resource for finding the right attorney. Other sources of referrals include individuals who themselves have been involved in medical malpractice cases. If they had a great experience with an attorney, you’ll want their contact information.

Get References, Too!
Remember, you’re hiring the attorney, the attorney isn’t hiring you. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for references. You will want to talk with individuals who could provide a comment on any specific attorney’s skills, demeanor, and professionalism. Online review sites will also provide you with comments and feedback from past clients.

Ask about Their Track Record
Any attorney who wants your case should be able to provide you with the percentage of their cases that were in medical malpractice, along with the portion of these cases that went to trial and the number that were settled.

Consider their Fee
Nearly all medical malpractice attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney will be paid based on a percentage of what is collected in a settlement. This typically ranges from 25 to 40 percent. Ask for specifics on fees prior to signing any contract with an attorney.

With a little time invested in research and asking questions, you can find the right Phoenix, Arizona medical malpractice attorney. To learn more about getting legal help for your medical malpractice case, contact the experienced attorneys at Hodes Milman Liebeck at 602-277-5212.

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