Jeff Fitzgerald is a shareholder in Polsinelli Shughart's Health Care practice group. He provides legal counsel and litigates on behalf of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians, pharmacies, home health agencies, laboratories, independent diagnostic testing facilities, dialysis facilities and other health care providers. He also advises manufacturers and suppliers of health care products regarding coverage, payment and compliance.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Here are a few to get you started:
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