If you think you have a medical malpractice case, you should find a medical malpractice lawyer to represent you and ensure you get the best possible outcome. Most lawyers will be happy to meet with you to discuss your situation and potential case, but it is vital to be well prepared for this initial consultation. Let’s go over how to prepare for your first consultation and what to bring.
Determine the Purpose of Your Meeting
The first thing to consider before meeting with a medical malpractice lawyer is to determine the purpose of the meeting. You and your lawyer need to know why you are taking action. This may seem obvious, but this is essential for the litigation process. Your reasoning to file a medical malpractice claim will dictate the litigation process and the outcome. Generally, these cases only involve medical negligence that results in injury.
Be Honest With Your Lawyer
Being honest means more than just telling the truth; it is about telling your lawyer everything and not withholding any information. Remember, your lawyer wants to help you, and they can only work with what you give them. Holding back information may put your case at serious risk. An unexpected surprise in your trial can be disastrous. It is critical that your lawyer knows every detail to be as prepared as possible. A good rule of thumb is that it’s better to share too much rather than too little.
Bring All Important Documentation
Before your consultation, be sure to take some time to organize your information and documents, so they are easily accessible when you meet with a medical malpractice attorney. Some essential documents you should bring include:
- Copies of relevant medical records, x-rays, and radiologist reports
- List of contact information for the medical professionals related to your claim
- Medical bills and health insurance statements
- Copies therapies or medications currently prescribed for you
- Any communication, such as emails, letters, voicemails, notices, or text messages concerning your medical claim
- Paystubs or proof of lost wages
Building a Legal Case
The documents and information you provide will assist your medical malpractice lawyer in building your case. They will serve to identify where the negligence occurred or how the treatment you received didn’t uphold the standard of care for your condition. Your lawyer will then consult with medical experts, particularly those with expertise in the field relevant to your claim, to determine if your case has merit.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website, www.410thefirm.com, or call us at 410-843-3476, for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.