We receive calls all the time from potential medical malpractice victims throughout the United States complaining that they have been injured due to medical malpractice but they have been unable to find a local medical malpractice lawyer to take their case. They are often frustrated, and they ask if we can help them find a medical malpractice lawyer that they can talk to.
There are several reasons why you may have been able to find a medical malpractice lawyer to assist you. Perhaps the number one reason is that the harm suffered was not caused by actionable medical negligence, or there is insufficient evidence to prove that medical malpractice was the cause of the harm suffered. Because the burden is on the injured person to prove that medical negligence occurred, and that the medical negligence was the cause of the injuries they suffered, failure to prove acts or omissions that establish medical malpractice precludes recovery of compensation for the injuries and losses that occurred.
Another common reason why people injured by medical negligence cannot find a lawyer to help them with their claim is that the extent of the economic and/or noneconomic damages is not sufficient enough for a lawyer to commit the vast amount of time and money necessary to investigate a potential medical malpractice case and to litigate the claim to its conclusion by settlement or verdict. Some complicated medical malpractice cases may cost $20,000 or more just to investigate whether the case is viable, and complicated medical malpractice cases may cost $300,000 or more in litigation expenses by the time a medical malpractice jury is asked to reach a verdict.
So-called medical malpractice tort reforms that many states have enacted, such as low limits on the amount of compensation for noneconomic damages (such as pain, suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement) that victims of medical malpractice may recover, cause many medical malpractice lawyers to turn away valid medical malpractice claims that they would otherwise investigate if there were no limits or higher limits on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases.
While some studies estimate that hundreds of thousands of patients are victims of medical negligence in the United States every year, it is estimated that about 95% of those victims will be unable to find a medical malpractice lawyer to represent them. Three out of four medical malpractice lawyers surveyed in one study stated that they reject more than 90% of the potential medical malpractice cases they screen, and more than half of those medical malpractice lawyers stated that they would not take a medical malpractice case if the potential recovery was less than $250,000 (source).
If you or a loved one were injured due to medical negligence in the United States, you should find a medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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