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A Guide to the Best Arizona Malpractice Lawyer
Malpractice suits are serious business. What is the term ‘malpractice’? It’s a state of underperformance or negligence in profession that causes adverse and often detrimental situations for others. In particular, malpractice refers to doctors and hospitals.
It’s serious business, because sometimes doctors and/or hospitals don’t seem to do their jobs to the fullest extent, and patients end up paying the price.
This is why the malpractice law niche is such an intensely popular one. And this is why this is designed to help those living in Arizona find the best possible Arizona malpractice lawyer possible.
The First Step: Do the Research
A client can never do too much of it either. Go all out with it. Go online and look for as many Arizona malpractice lawyers as possible to develop something called a ‘shortlist.’ What that is a simple list of Arizona malpractice lawyers a client would love to meet with to discuss the lawsuit. This is crucial.
A client doesn’t just have to go online either. The Yellow Pages is a good source of information as well as a wealth of word-of-mouth bits from the mouths of many family members and friends about who may be a “good” Arizona malpractice lawyer. A client can find good reviews and bad reviews in just about anything online, and it can better help a client develop a quick shortlist.
The most important thing? Make sure each Arizona malpractice lawyer has contact information. And this is important for the very next step to finding the best possible Arizona malpractice lawyer.
The Second Step: Schedule the Free Consultation
Many, if not all, Arizona malpractice lawyers will offer this as a chance to meet up and get to know the service. This also benefits the Arizona malpractice lawyer by getting to know the prospective case. Why?
Because any attorney needs to know if the case ‘winnable’ and indeed something he or she can take on with the workload already on the plate.
In addition, a prospective client will meet with an Arizona malpractice lawyer for that same reason: to see if that lawyer might have a chance of winning it.
That’s not the only reason, though. Other reasons include:
And believe it when I say there are a ton more questions a client can ask. Starting off with experience, though, a client can’t get more out of hearing about the cases the prospective lawyer has won or lost. What kind of malpractice cases the lawyer has taken on is also important.
In addition to that, getting to know whether other attorneys and even judges respect the lawyer offering the free consultation is crucial to making a good decision. Sometimes that knowledge can be a golden nugget in the court room; because if you think about it, having a lawyer liked by the judge might benefit the client in a big way.
Rate would be important in the sense that you’re going to want to know not only how much the lawyer will charge, but how the lawyer charges. Granted, what a client will spend out of pocket will make a big difference, but there’s one mode of payment that’s pretty typical of lawsuits that a client would want to look for and may even be a deal-breaker in picking a suitable attorney for the case.
These, of course, are the three basic modes of payment:
• A “Retainer Fee”
• The “Hourly Rate”
• And the “Contingency Fee”
It does sound like crazy lingo when you read it, but after meeting with a few lawyers and their free consultations, you’d probably be experts in this.
A “retainer” fee really is simple to understand, in that a client pays this charge to a lawyer to “retain” the services of a lawyer. Typically, a client will make this payment before any work is done on the case.
Now while a “retainer” fee generally is indicative of true-blue experience and quality in an attorney, it’s most often quite the money cruncher, because in some cases a client pays the fee and the lawyer loses the lawsuit, leaving the client high and dry.
So it’s not exactly the most beneficial way to pay a lawyer.
The second mode, the “hourly rate,” is probably the most common. And while for the most part it can be an easy form of payment, depending on the case it can rack up the dough in a big way. So any client should watch out for it.
The ideal mode of payment would be the “contingency” fee, and it’s typically imposed by attorneys that know their stuff and are willing to base their work on total faith. Why? Because a “contingency” fee is paid after the case is won.
In other words, the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless the client gets paid with the settlement of the lawsuit. Typically the fee is a percentage of the settlement.
More often than not, lawyers will combine certain modes of payment. You might get one attorney charging an hourly rate, plus a contingency fee. Others will charge a “retainer” fee along with the contingency and call it good. And still others will employ all three as part of a package.
The job, though, of the client is to determine which lawyer has the best deal. Of course, money’s not the deciding factor and never should be. Ultimately, though, this is a lawsuit that can earn a client a ton of money to pay off the heartache and turmoil from a serious malpractice.
But, for sure, a client needs a good lawyer.
And That’s How a Client Obtains One: With These Two Steps
So you make the decision, and you’re on your way to getting a lawsuit going. That’s the hard part.
The rest is up to your attorney and how much work he or she is able to devote. What it all boils down to is hard work. It’s your health that’s up for grabs. When a doctor or hospital fails at doing their job, someone has to pay. That’s the way it works.
So, without a doubt, make sure you’ve made the right decision. And hopefully the right decision will go the right way for you.