More and more these days, it seems like everyone is trying to get something for nothing. Fraud seems to be becoming rampant, and one of the areas where it is becoming especially prevalent is in health care fraud.
Whether you are an individual that is experiencing it or a health care provider that is the victim of it, you need good representation to defend your case and get the right outcome to make sure that justice is served.
How to Pick an Attorney for Health Care Fraud
First, let’s get into the reasons why a Federal health care fraud attorney may be needed. When the economy is struggling, people or companies try to cut corners and see what they can get away with. An individual may falsify some documents or misrepresent themselves for Medicare claims. A doctor or a physician may break the requirements for Medicaid or Medicare programs.
These are white-collar crimes of a serious nature and require a good attorney who specializes in this area of law to best represent the afflicted party so that they can be protected and get the rightful outcome.
So how do you go about finding the right firm or attorney to represent you? It is very similar to what I talk about here when choosing a personal injury lawyer. The first thing you want to do is reach out to your social network – your family, your friends, your colleagues – and see if they have used these kinds of services before. See if they have any recommendations.
Since this is a less common crime than others, you may not know anybody who has gone through this. In that case, take to the internet and do a Google search for someone in your area who specializes in these kinds of cases. It should pull up a good number of results, and from there you can read their information on their website and also pull up third-party sites that may have reviews of their work from past clients.
After you have a few potential candidates, you need to meet and interview with them. Find out their past case history. Do they have a track record of success? Go into detail about what your case involves, who the parties are, etc. Have they handled a case with these circumstances before? Do they have familiarity with any of the parties, whether it be a particular hospital or insurance company? Their rapport with these parties, as well as experience handling cases such as yours, can go a long way in determining if they will be successful for you.
After you’ve met with a few, go with the lawyer that you feel best embodies all of the above. They know your case, they know the parties in your jurisdiction, and they have a proven track record of winning cases such as yours. Big money is at stake in these types of cases, as well as considerable punishment at a federal level, so it is not something to take lightly or go with an inexperienced representative.