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Old 09-22-2016, 07:08 PM   #1
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Is it required in a medical malpractice case to have a lawyer?

Do any people ever handle such cases by themselves, or perhaps more importantly settle them by themselves?
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:18 PM   #2
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No. Lawyers are never "required" in any kind of case but they are necessary in many.

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The question, in the abstract, can only be answered yes, I'm sure that there are people who have handled cases themselves, I've just never heard of any.

If there are, it would be very rare as medical malpractice cases are so complicated that the victim would have no clue has to how to pursue one unless, of course, the victim of medical malpractice was a medical malpractice attorney.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:17 PM   #3
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I wish to inform you that the Sixth Amendment guarantees you a right to self-represent. However, in most medical malpractice cases you will need an expert witness to testify in your support. Generally, the expert witness will be Board certified from the same specialty.

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Old 09-23-2016, 04:25 PM   #4
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Med mal is one area, unlike say family law, where you should NOT try to do it yourself.
It's way too technical.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:45 PM   #5
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No. Lawyers are never "required" in any kind of case but they are necessary in many.



The question, in the abstract, can only be answered yes, I'm sure that there are people who have handled cases themselves, I've just never heard of any.

If there are, it would be very rare as medical malpractice cases are so complicated that the victim would have no clue has to how to pursue one unless, of course, the victim of medical malpractice was a medical malpractice attorney.
I would have to agree with Adjusterjack. Sure you could represent yourself but why would you. Handling a medical malpractice case is so complex. From submitting the paperwork on time and correctly to gathering expert (doctor) evaluations to dealing with insurance companies, no thank you. Beside if your really that hurt due to medical malpractice, you probably have bigger things to deal with.

I found a good article that outlines some medical malpractice facts and stats

https://murrayralston.com/articles-and-info/personal-injury-articles/medical-malpractice-articles/has-medical-malpractice-affected-you/

Maybe it could be of some help
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Is it required in a medical malpractice case to have a lawyer?

Do any people ever handle such cases by themselves, or perhaps more importantly settle them by themselves?
The simple answer is NO, there is no way you could handle such a case yourself. That is one area of law that is way too complicated to handle alone.


Settlement might be another issue. You can assess what is offered. It is still good to run it by a few others that have knowledge in the subject.
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NEVER!
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:31 PM   #8
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No, it isn't it only depends on what malpractice case about.
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Medical malpractice cases are extremely complicated and very specialized, and no ordinary person can file or handle such a case under today's legal system. A specialized attorney has to be retained.
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This thread is almost two years old - why do ANY of you think that the OP is still around to view your answers?
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