Malpractice lawyers are legal
professionals who assist people who suffer damages or effects of negligent professionals. Lawyers who specialize in
this area of the law usually help people who have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, lawsuits
against therapists, lawyers, accountants, architects or any other licensed professional may also be filed.
Attorneys who deal with malpractice suits collect information from the injured party. Damages can be tangible or
intangible. Examples of intangible damages attorneys look for are mental anguish, lost time at work or other things
that are not objects. Tangible damages could be a car that was wrecked as a result of a physician telling a patient
driving is acceptable after receiving strong drugs or an architect damaging a home during remodeling
Most malpractice lawyers work on a
contingency fee basis, but some charge a retainer and bill for hours invested thereafter. Contingency fees are the
best payment structure to obtain. An attorney who agrees to contingency is usually very confident that a settlement
will be obtained. Until that settlement is awarded to the injured party, the malpractice attorney won't collect any
money. If the case is lost, there will be no amount due.
Although these legal professionals mostly work with medical cases, they may also take cases relating to bad advice
received from another attorney or a breach of contract. There are many different things that constitute
malpractice. Common misconceptions reflect the belief that malpractice is only related to the medical field, but it
is a very broad term. Most attorneys who specialize in this field are happy to provide a free consultation to
determine if the incident in question is a viable reason for a malpractice lawsuit.
Malpractice Lawyers - What You Should
People who have a malpractice claim
will need to appear in court if possible. The attorney will also appear and speak for their client, ensuring that
the best defenses are offered. Many professionals have good attorneys, so it is always important to have an
attorney present in court for any malpractice lawsuit.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, malpractice attorneys are important for professionals to have. Since
attorneys representing the plaintiff are likely "hungry" for money from working on contingency, be assured that
they will bring their best defenses. Professionals who are being sued, whether insured or not, should always have a
good attorney present. Without an attorney, judgment will likely be passed in favor of the
Last modified: May 6, 2011