No Lawyer Will Take My Case

I believe that I am a victim of malpractice by a doctor, but no lawyer will take my case.  Why not? 

There are several possibilities.

First, there are relatively few lawyers in the state that represent medical malpractice victims.  In fact, my guess is that far less than one percent of lawyers regularly handle medical malpractice cases for patients.  Therefore, you may be asking the wrong lawyers.

Second, you may not have a valid case.  The mere fact that a person is injured during medical care or has an undesirable outcome does not mean that malpractice has been committed.  Experienced medical malpractice lawyers do a good job evaluating cases without doing a full investigation of those cases.

Third, your case may have merit but you may not have sufficient losses such that a lawyer can afford to represent you on a contingent fee basis.  The time and expense of handling medical malpractice cases is so substantial that, as a practical matter, only those people who have suffered very serious injuries or death can be helped by a lawyer.  This is a tragedy but it is also an economic reality.    Tennessee imposes a heavier burden on people who sue health care providers than is imposed on any other type of litigation.