Before you call an attorney, read this. Know what you're getting into first and know what an attorney will need in order to properly evaluate your case.
- Order a copy of your complete medical records from every one you’ve seen regarding the injury or condition. An attorney cannot evaluate your case without these records.
- Don’t wait too long to call an attorney. In Colorado you have 2 years from the date you knew about the negligence (usually the date of injury) or should have known about the negligence, whichever comes first. This means the clock starts ticking as soon as you realize something is wrong, even if don’t necessarily know what is wrong yet.
- Be prepared to wait a year or more for resolution of your case, even longer if your case goes to trial. The insurance company attorneys won’t be ready to settle your case until they’ve done an extensive investigation into your allegations against their client, which can include reviewing medical records, scheduling and taking depositions of you and your health care experts, and consulting with their own health care experts. All of this can take a long time and end up being very expensive.
- Talk to more than one attorney and pick the one you feel the most comfortable with. There are lots of qualified attorneys out there but not everyone will be the right fit for you. As mentioned before, these cases take a long time (and can get pretty personal in that time), so pick someone you get along with and trust.
Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only and may not apply to your specific situation. For free information and advice regarding your situation, call Aurora medical malpractice attorney Richard Gama at Gama Law Firm, LLC.