Finding lawyer for malpractice is difficult

April 17, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2012 at 11:17 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Referring to Dr. Shahid Hashmi's letter - he's a skilled, awesome doctor - instrumental in saving my life.

I agree some lawsuits are sensationalized - "most don't go to court or are decided in the doctor's/hospital's favor." It's next to impossible to get a lawyer for a legitimate malpractice case.

We have had several legitimate problems, but because of so many frivolous lawsuits against hospitals, we couldn't find a lawyer to represent us.

We got a local lawyer who kept our case a year and a half, then decided she didn't want it. Before the statue of limitations ran out, we went to the courthouse and paid $239.20 for a petition.

I've written letters to government officials and two to Advocate. They ran an article on inability to get legal help (our case isn't sensational).

I've received three letters: Rob McKenna, Attorney General - Washington; Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst; and President Barack Obama. I'll get in touch with the people they suggested. If that doesn't work, we'll take this to court ourselves. Maybe not sensational, but might set a presidence.

Marlee Calcote, Telferner



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