Did you know that, although the estimated number of medical injuries in hospitals is as high as more than a million every year, only about 85,000 malpractice suits are filed? Why is the number of filed cases surprisingly low for the number of people who have been victim to medical injury? Part of the problem is that people often receive either misleading litigation advice, or none at all. Litigation advice is something you can receive before you hire a lawyer. Here are three things about litigation advice that you should keep in mind.
1. It is possible to get free litigation advice. Why are lawyers online and in person offering litigation advice for free? Not surprisingly, they are hoping you will choose them to represent you if your case is one that would likely fare well in a trial. Giving a few hours of no cost litigation advice every week is an investment in those potential clients whom they will work with over periods of weeks or months.
2. Keep in mind that litigation advice is just advice, so be wary of anything you are asked to sign, especially if it appears to be a bill. Advice is not the equivalent of signing someone on to be your attorney. Also keep in mind that any communication between you and an attorney, even if you have just thought of hiring them and have not done so yet, is covered by attorney client privilege. This means nothing you say to them is admissible as evidence in court.
3. Did you know that regulatory issues, contracts, and employment areas are the top three areas of civil litigation? When you are choosing an attorney to work with, it is a good idea to pick someone who is experienced in the specific issue area. If you have an issue with personal injury after a car crash, are you consulting a personal injury lawyer or an immigration attorney? Lawyers who specify in the area of law you need legal help in will be best equipped to lead you through the legal process.