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FAQ

Retaining a Lawyer

Arizona health care providers spend a lot of time and money making sure the laws of the state protect them. Under the guise of a fictitious "crisis", Arizona's health care providers have helped implement rules and laws that create significant obstacles to obtaining the justice you deserve.
Choosing a lawyer should be like choosing your doctor. You want someone with experience who you can trust. You want to feel comfortable with the lawyer and confident that they have your best interests at heart. Choosing the right lawyer can make the difference between a pleasant experience and a frustrating experience.
Joe is an active part of the legal community of lawyers that represent injured people. If his team cannot take your case, he will be happy to provide you with resources to find another lawyer who focuses on helping people like you.
No. And you should run away from any lawyer who says otherwise. Even the strongest cases can be lost. That's why you need an honest lawyer with significant medical malpractice experience.

Suing a Health Care Provider

No. Doctors practice defensive medicine simply because it generates extra income. The effect that lawsuits have had on doctors’ malpractice insurance rates has also been negligible. Health care costs and malpractice insurance premiums have still increased in states with extensive tort-reform measures.
Patient safety is a very serious concern in the U.S. In 2013, an article in the Journal of Patient Safety estimated that between 210,000 to 400,000 people die every year in the U.S. from hospital medical errors. Large verdicts may be the most effective drivers in making health care safer.
Probably not. Most of Arizona's doctors have liability insurance that covers verdicts and settlements up to $1,000,000. There are some circumstances where the malpractice insurance carrier will pay more, protecting the doctor's personal assets. Also, hospitals tend to have significant insurance policies, with excess coverage, so they are not at risk of closing.
If someone was driving carelessly and ran into your car, you would expect that person to pay to have your car fixed and compensate you for any injuries. Medical malpractice should be no different--except the car is your body. If a health care provider commits medical malpractice, you should be able to hold the provider accountable. You should expect the law to provide compensation to fix what can be fixed, help what can be helped, and make up for what can neither be fixed nor helped. However, the Arizona legal system is not so kind and many people are denied fair compensation. There are several reasons for this (e.g., laws that protect the wrongdoer, rules that punish the injured, conservative-minded juries), which is why you should find an experienced lawyer to advocate for you.

Litigation Questions

This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the facts of your case. Determining the value of your medical malpractice claim will depend largely on the severity of your injuries, the details of the case, and the egregiousness of the defendant's conduct.
Each case is unique, but the initial workup before filing a lawsuit can take over 6 months and then the actual litigation of your case can take up to 2 years or more.
Medical malpractice cases are handled by the contingency-fee contract. This means that we will only collect our 40% fee and out-of-pocket costs if the case is successful.
Sure, but don't hold your breath expecting to receive a fair settlement before filing a lawsuit. Most health care providers and their insurance companies know there are significant hurdles for plaintiff's in medical malpractice cases, so they have a vested interest in delaying resolution of your claim.

Medical Malpractice Questions

No. Unfortunately, nature has a way of robbing some people of the hopes and dreams they had of having a baby. However, because these issues are so complex, it is worth contacting a lawyer to obtain some piece of mind.
That is not easily determined without investigating the facility, the health care providers, and the equipment that was used in your care. It could just be happenstance, but it could also be because someone did not take proper precautions.
Generally, in Arizona, no. There may be good reason, but it seems unfair that the Arizona legislature does not value sibling relationships when it is severed by someone's negligence.
That is up to you.

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