What lawyer qualifications should I look for if I’m pursuing a birth injury case?
Past experience with similar cases is one of the most important lawyer qualifications to look for when hiring an attorney. This means an attorney who’s handled similar birth injury cases is typically the best suited to handle an Erb’s palsy case, for example.
There are a number of other considerations to keep in mind when hiring an attorney. This includes educational and professional background, philosophy and past case outcomes. Below is an overview of some of the qualifications to consider when seeking an attorney.
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Does the attorney have experience in similar cases?
Each area of law is unique and comes with its own nuances and areas of special concern. For instance, birth injury cases involve complex medical malpractice issues as well as the need to project years down the line to anticipate an injured child’s long-term medical and financial needs.
Below are some questions to ask a Florida birth injury attorney to gauge his or her level of relevant experience:
- How many years have you been practicing law and how many years have you handled birth injury claims?
- How many birth injury claims do you take on each year?
- What are some of your past results in cases that are similar to my own?
- What in your educational background has prepared you for my case?
An attorney should be forthcoming and direct about his or her experience and be able to provide concrete examples of how his or her background is well matched for a client’s needs.
Does the attorney’s style match your needs?
A good client-attorney relationship can go a long way in aiding a birth injury claim.
Below are questions that can shed light on an attorney’s style and approach:
- What is your negotiation style?
- What is your courtroom style?
- Who will handle my birth injury case personally? Will you perform the bulk of the work or will it be assigned to an associate or another firm?
- Do you ever make house calls to clients who are unable to travel?
- How much do you steer decision making? Will you present to me all of my options or will you instead offer a preferred option?
A client may strive for an attorney who balances compassionate service with aggressive experience. An initial consultation allows the victim to determine how an attorney may match those desires.
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How does the attorney evaluate a claim?
An attorney should refrain from offering promises or exact figures on a settlement or jury award. The lawyer should, however, offer an educated evaluation of the case based on the facts presented in a consultation and over the course of an investigation.
Below are questions to determine how an attorney evaluates a case:
- What problems or challenges do you foresee with my case?
- What are some of the more likely options for compensation?
- What methods do you use to determine the long-term costs of my child’s injury?
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