How much does it cost to hire a medical malpractice attorney, especially if you are low on discretionary income at this time? Some people will forgo getting the help that either they, or their baby, needs because they do not understand how lawyers are paid in medical malpractice cases.
The information that I am going to share with you in this article and corresponding video is general in nature. In addition, it focuses on how medical malpractice and personal injury cases are handled by many attorneys across the state of Maryland. If you are in another jurisdiction, be sure to speak with an attorney in your state about some of these concepts. Also, do not forget to make sure that you understand all terms of any agreement before signing.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY?
As one person who I spoke with told me, “Mr. Boston lawyers are expensive, and I just don’t have the money to hire one to help me right now.” This can be a prevailing viewpoint for individuals who have never had any contact with the civil justice system or dealing with the lawyer in general. With that said, there is a way in which a person with low discretionary funds can hire and medical malpractice attorney.
Lawyers in Maryland can use a tool called a contingency fee agreement to help families retain their services. A contingency fee agreement is just that, an agreement or contract between the client and the lawyer. The agreement will outline all important terms and conditions to govern both parties. The agreement needs to be in writing and the client should be sure to understand all terms before signing.
HOW DOES A CONTINGENCY FEE AGREEMENT WORK?
Contingency fee agreements have allowed a lot of individuals and families to prosecute their cases in the civil justice system of Maryland. How the agreement works is that the client will agree to allow the attorney to take his or her legal fee from a settlement or jury verdict recovery indicates. A ruling by a fact finder in a bench trial can also be governed by the contingency fee agreement.
Not only can attorney recover their legal fee through a contingency fee agreement, the attorney can also be reimbursed for costs expended during the case. For example, deposition fees, filing fees, expert fees, etc can be recovered with the contingency fee agreement. This can be a powerful tool for families who may not be able to pay a medical malpractice attorney by the hour. Before I leave this section, I want to remind you regarding what I said above, which is to make sure that you understand all terms of the contingency fee agreement before you sign. For example, will you have to pay costs only if you win the case or will you have to pay costs regardless of whether you win or lose. You need to understand this before you sign an agreement.
CALL ME IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS…
How much does it cost to hire a medical malpractice attorney? Hopefully, if you are a person who has suffered a medical injury and is on a fixed income or has little room for discretionary spending, this article has cleared up your questions. If you would like to speak with me further, this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone and give me a call.
I can be reached at 301-850-4832. I talk with families regarding birth injuries dealing with the brain, cerebral palsy, and other types of injuries all the time and I would be happy to listen to what happened with you and your baby.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
1-833-4 BABY HELP