How do I find a good medical malpractice lawyer in Louisiana?

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Answered by: Nelson W. Wagar, III

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you need a lawyer who will find out the truth of what really happened, when you are being met by a wall of silence and denial from the medical community. Finding a good lawyer can mean you finally get a straight answer. However, finding one is difficult. Anyone can say they’re a great medical malpractice lawyer. There are several things you should look for to ensure you have found a real partner in your case, who will stand up for you throughout your medical malpractice suit.

What to look for when evaluating attorneys

1. Experience in handling medical malpractice cases.

It is crucial that you get the help of a seasoned medical malpractice attorney. This area of the law is complicated and requires thorough understanding. This experience can look different for different attorneys: some practice only medical malpractice law, while some may also help clients with other personal injury matters. Regardless, look for a lawyer who has demonstrated a good amount of experience in these cases.

2. A successful track record of settlements and judgments in medical malpractice cases.

One way to tell if an attorney is experienced is to find out about their track record. Settlements and judgments are a matter of public record, so you can easily find out if a lawyer you are considering is good at what they do.

3. A feeling that you are being listened to.

In any legal situation, you need a lawyer you trust. However, this is even more true in a medical malpractice case, where the details of a case can be personal and painful. You know when someone is truly listening to you: look for that feeling when you’re talking to lawyers who may represent you. If you trust your lawyer, not only will the process be easier for you personally, but your attorney will also be able to provide better representation.

4. A sense of passion on the part of the attorney.

Personally, I practice medical malpractice law because I am passionate about it. It is an interesting, challenging area of the law and in the end, I get to help people. You should look for that passion in a lawyer: You want someone who doesn’t care how much money or time they have to spend pursuing your case. If your case is valid, your attorney should be willing to do anything. 

An attorney you trust can be your true advocate

Whether your situation involves surgical errors, misdiagnosis, medication errors or any other mistake from a medical professional, you need a lawyer you trust to go to bat for you in negotiation or in court. Trust is at the center of a good attorney-client relationship. Looking at an attorney’s experience and results, as well as their interpersonal skill and sense of passion, can help you find the right lawyer you can trust to help you throughout this difficult situation.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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