What to Expect in Your Attorney Consultation
Tell Us Your Story When Speaking with Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers
At the Shapiro Law Group, we want everyone who talks to our lawyers to feel comfortable. We listen to the problems of injury victims and make sure they understand the advice we give them. Our law firm has worked with victims of medical malpractice and catastrophic injury for over 30 years. We respect our clients and we do everything we can to earn compensation for them. We want to make the consultation process as transparent as possible so you can know what to expect when you talk to our lawyers.
First Thing’s First: Fees. How Much Does This Consultation Cost?
The initial consultation is 100% free, including anything discussed over the phone, as well as at our in-person meeting. If we have medical experts review your case, we will front the cost. When our attorneys take your case, we front the cost of a medical expert’s services, along with any other expenses. If we decide not to take your case, you do not pay those fees back; it is a chance we are willing to take. If we pursue your case and are successful, the fees would then be paid from your settlement.
What Happens During My Consultation?
The initial conversation that the victim has is crucial. Frequently, the intake is performed by someone other than a lawyer, such as a legal assist or a nurse paralegal. While that works fine as an initial method of communication, ultimately, a follow up conversation between lawyer and client must ensue in order to ensure that no theory goes untested or missed.
When you speak with us, we will ask our clients what happened and why they are considering medical malpractice lawsuits. The consultation is free, and this is your opportunity to tell your story; let us know about your initial injury or medical condition, what happened when physicians treated you and the results of that treatment. Tell us about any pain you are experiencing and why you suspect medical malpractice may be the reason for your condition.
Things to Bring With You
- Medical Documents: We will ask to review your medical documents, which you can obtain from your doctors. They should have information about your medical conditions, such as diagnoses and treatments made by doctors.
- Your Medical Notes: Write down anything that you remember, including the sequence of events, prescription drugs you took, etc. Who was your doctor and what did he/she tell you and when? Tell how you felt after a particular thing happened and how you felt daily. It helps to have that information in front of you to refer to when we talk.
What Happens After My Consultation?
After reviewing this information, our lawyers will make a decision as to whether or not we can represent you. Before we take any medical malpractice cases, we talk to two different medical professionals. We cannot proceed unless both of them confirm that your situation constituted medical malpractice. No matter whether we decide to take your case or not, you do not need any money up front for us to review your case. If we decide not to represent you in your case, you will not owe us anything for the investigation.
What Happens When Our Firm Pursues Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
If you allow us to represent you and we accept your case, we then collect evidence for medical negligence. One of the most important pieces of evidence is testimony from a medical expert that verifies the doctor accused of malpractice did not act with reasonable care. Florida has specific laws that determine who can be considered a medical expert in a medical negligence case, and many of these experts charge for their services. When our attorneys take your case, we front the cost of a medical expert’s services, along with any other expenses.
After compiling the evidence of malpractice along with the amount we believe your claim is worth, we inform any defendants of the lawsuit and begin discussing settlement negotiations. We can settle if you feel the amount is appropriate, but if we cannot get the compensation you need, we are not afraid to take a case to court. Going to trial may mean more time passes before you receive your compensation, but a verdict may result in more compensation for you. The vast majority of medical malpractice lawsuits settle before reaching trial.
Find Medical Negligence Lawyers in the Greater Tampa, Florida Area
Our Tampa Bay medical malpractice lawyers have represented victims of medical malpractice for decades and have a unique understanding of both the legal and medical worlds. Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we do not secure compensation for your case, you do not owe us anything. Call our law firm at (800) 258-HELP for a free consultation.