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How to Choose the Right Malpractice Attorney

March 31, 2022  ·  By HM&M

How to Choose the Right Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice creates an extremely upsetting circumstance for victims and their families. The physical and emotional effects of medical malpractice are life-long and associated expenses can be unmanageable. 

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, hospital, nursing home, or other health care provider fails to care for a patient in the way a reasonably careful health care provider would under similar circumstances. 

Sometimes, victims or their families may not realize that malpractice has occurred right away. In other instances, the malpractice is extremely evident. 

A threshold in determining whether an experience is considered medical negligence is to ask yourself, “would a reasonably careful health care provider have acted this way? If the answer is “no”, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

If you believe you have standing for a medical malpractice case, you should immediately find a trial attorney to discuss the details of your experience. 

At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, clients are reminded that their need to seek justice does not mean they are against the medical profession. It simply means they need to find a remedy for the overpowering losses in their life—whether it be emotional, physical, or financial.  

If you choose to move forward with a malpractice claim, read on to learn what makes a good malpractice attorney.

What Makes a Good Malpractice Attorney?

While things like success rate and notability are important factors when it comes to finding your attorney, it is equally important to find someone who makes you feel comfortable. The Chicago malpractice attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz pride themselves on respect and understanding, ultimately achieving high praise from clients.

When selecting an attorney to assist you with a medical malpractice case, consider the asking following questions:

  • How long have you been practicing?
  • Do you limit your practice fields to this particular subject, or do you take on any case?
  • Are you willing to take my case to trial if that is the only way to achieve meaningful compensation?
  • How many cases have you tried to a jury?
  • What is your win/loss record?
  • Are you active in the state’s Trial Lawyer Association?

It is important to keep in mind that an attorney who hasn’t tried a lot of cases may have a high success rate simply due to a lack of experience. Choosing an experienced attorney, with glowing reviews, is an important step in helping you achieve justice with a fair and meaningful recovery. 

Talk to the Top Chicago Malpractice Attorneys

Hurley McKenna & Mertz’s history of successful medical malpractice verdicts and settlements is proof of their ability to get the best results in challenging cases. The Chicago malpractice attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz have access to a network of top experts who have the courage and qualifications to testify in court on behalf of injured patients. With nearly 75 years of combined experience, the Hurley McKenna & Mertz team is considered to be subject matter experts within the industry, often teaching other attorneys how to handle medical malpractice cases. 


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