Five for Friday!
Quick tips on how to select the right attorney for your personal injury or medical malpractice claim.
In these troubled times, many of us have learned that it’s not just what you do, but how you do it. Elizabeth Kaveny and Jeffrey Kroll, partners in Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers (www.kavenykroll.com), are committed to serving as your best advocate and doing so as efficiently and effectively as possible for you. “Our mission is to seek justice and financial compensation for our clients, many whom have been devastated by their experiences,” says Kaveny. “Our purpose is to help make you and your families whole again…as best as we possibly can.”
Even prior to a settlement or trial, actions can be crucial to determining the best outcome. Whether you seek help from Kaveny + Kroll or another group, please remember some important caveats to assist in your case.
If you (a family member or friend) are a victim of personal injury whether as a pedestrian, a driver or passenger in a vehicle, at the workplace or any other type of accident, we recommend that you take the following steps:
- Contact the police immediately and file a report.
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Take photographs of the scene as soon as possible.
- Make sure to note other individual’s information (driver’s license, license plate) name, address, phone number, whether involved or simply a witness.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer who is experienced and credible. While the ‘loudest’ advertisements may pique your attention, ‘ambulance chasers’ will not present the best image for you and your case in a court of law. Do your research!
If you believe that you (or a family member or friend) have been the victim of medical malpractice whether this involves negligence on the part of a health care professional (doctor, nurse, technician etc.), a hospital or a nursing/rehab home, or any other injury as the result of what you believe to be a medical error, we recommend that you take the following steps:
- Tend to proper care first! Make sure that your medical issue is being addressed by a qualified professional, not necessarily the individual with whom you are having an issue. Your health comes first.
- Collect your medical records, discharge instructions, phone or text messages, correspondence, prescriptions, personal notes, photographs, et al. This may be the time to call upon anyone who may have accompanied you to an appointment or procedure in order to obtain their perspective as well. These materials will form the basis of any effort to seek justice and compensation.
- Contact an attorney that specializes in medical malpractice to discuss your case. Take the time to do your research and inquire about credible and experienced trial lawyers who can best represent you! Remember, not all attorneys are created equal when it comes to representation in complex medical cases.
- Avoid venting or engaging in discourse with the physician, health care professional or facility with whom you have had an issue. Anger and disappointment are completely normal, but your attorney will be able to address the issues calmly with professionalism in order to best serve YOU.
- One of the best ways to avoid medical malpractice is to ask questions and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. If you feel unsure of your care, take control as your own ‘Medical CEO’. Be vigilant and become informed. If in doubt, rely on a family member or friend to serve as your advocate. The best case is the one that never occurs!
KAVENY + KROLL Trial Lawyers have the experience and knowledge that you need to be best represented. Contact us with your legal concerns or any questions you may have. Call 312-761-5585 (KKTL).