Almost every day, I hear complaints from people who are frustrated that although they were injured in Tallahassee, they can’t find a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer to take their medical malpractice case. Well, there’s a good reason for that. Just like you, attorneys- and their families, their staff, and their clients- get sick and hurt and need medical care. And when we do, we seek help from local doctors.
Human nature makes it impossible for a Tallahassee personal injury attorney to go to a doctor when sick- and turn around and sue them the next week on behalf of a client. It also makes it impossible for a doctor to be objective – and put his patient’s best interest before his own – when that patient (or someone close to her) is accusing that doctor of sub-standard care.
When doctors get accused of malpractice, they take that very seriously– as they should. To them, it isn’t just one mistake made with one patient. Instead, they see a malpractice lawsuit as an accusation that they are bad doctors, and that they have failed the very people they swore to help.
If you need an attorney to represent you in a Tallahassee medical malpractice case, it is important to consider the type of physician you are suing. If you want to bring a legal claim against a neurosurgeon, a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a podiatrist, a chiropractor, a physical therapist or any other healthcare provider who treats a large number of accident victims, you may find that the Tallahassee personal injury attorneys you contact will not take your case. They may feel they have a conflict of interest and cannot represent your interests as fully as the law and our attorney ethics require.
That all makes sense, but what are you supposed to do? Abandon your claim? No, not at all.
If the Tallahassee personal injury attorney you contacted does not offer to refer you to attorneys in nearby cities, you can call the local Tallahassee Bar Association or the Florida Bar Attorney Referral Service at (800) 342-8011. They will be able to give you the names of attorneys in neighboring towns who may not have these same conflicts.
Remember, though, that if a Tallahassee attorney has a conflict representing you and receiving 100% of the legal fee, he or she also has a conflict referring you to another attorney and receiving 25% or another fraction of the legal fee. A genuine conflict is a genuine conflict, regardless of the percentage of the fee an attorney receives. Again, if the attorney you contact will not or cannot refer you to a personal injury attorney who isn’t local and won’t have the same conflict of interests, you can call another local Tallahassee personal injury attorney or your local and state Bar associations.
For years I worked defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice claims. After I became an attorney, I committed myself to representing persons whose lives were ruined, and sometimes taken, as a result of inexcusable, indefensible, medical malpractice. I have seen first-hand the years-long devastation medical carelessness imposes on unknowing, trusting victims. Unfortunately. I cannot undo what was done to you or your loved one. I cannot fix it.
- I can do my very best to make sure you are heard.
- I can make sure the people who have harmed you know your name and your story.
- I will hold them accountable.
- I will take them to task and make them responsible for what they did to, and took from, you.
If you have a Tallahassee injury from medical malpractice and I can help you, I will. If I can’t, I will tell you why or refer you to someone I know and trust. Fasig & Brooks is YOUR Tallahassee personal injury Law Firm. WE are here for YOU.