Forbes says the Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA cites medical negligence as the third leading cause of death in America. It follows heart disease and cancer to round up the big three. In 2012, over three billion dollars went to medical malpractice payouts. If you do the math, that comes down to about one medical malpractice payout happening every 43 minutes. That’s a colossal amount of failure.

The numbers are frightening. So if you find yourself or your loved one the victim of a medical malpractice, then hiring a good medical malpractice lawyer is essential. Here are handy steps to locate a good one in Oswego:

Reach out to different sources

Referrals are an effective way to start, so reach out to people you know about it. Ask them to reach out to their own contacts as well. That should help generate a few prospective names for you.

Get online or on mobile

Nearly all businesses are online these days so going online with your search will get you a few more names. You could also try calling your county’s local bar association. It won’t take you long before you end up with a good, long list. Then cut it down by removing anyone who doesn’t fit your requirements.

Start the interviews

When you finally have enough, start calling. You could take that as an opportunity to learn more about the lawyers—their experience, their success rates—and their staff, like how polite and qualified are they? These should help you decide which names to go for.

Face to face consult

It might sound tedious to go to a meeting with a number of lawyers but face-to-face contact helps you figure out if you’re both a professional fit for each other. If you feel uncomfortable in any way, don’t hesitate to choose another lawyer on your list.