You can try, but the hospital may cancel the meeting if you show up with an attorney. What I would suggest is that you meet with an attorney prior to the meeting for advice and counsel. Then you can either attend the meeting prepared, with or without the attorney, or you can make a decision to approach the case differently. I doubt that the hospital's risk management team is going to simply admit to fault. That is extremely unlikely.
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Your concerns are well founded. You would be foolish to meet with the hospital representatives without being represented by a lawyer. If they say you can't bring a lawyer, don't go at all. If you are the person who posted last week about looking for a lawyer at a cut rate, I am sorry you are resisting the idea of retaining a lawyer on the customary percentage basis. Not many good medical malpractice lawyers will work on an hourly rate, as you are probably finding out. And, for a lawyer to represent you effectively, he or she will need to spend many hours preparing. If you want to pay an hourly rate, you should be prepared to pay for the prep time, too. I personally would not undertake the sort of assignment you are proposing on an hourly basis for less than $5000 up front, and possibly more. I would anticipate needing to use a lot of that $5000 to learn the case. If your lawyer doesn't thoroughly understand your case, you are not going to get effective representation.
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