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Do I Pay My Medical Malpractice Attorney Before or After the Case
For individuals seeking a medical malpractice lawsuit, finances can seem daunting. The initial hospital stay is often expensive enough, but malpractice often leads to further medical complications, which can lead to higher hospital bills. The mounting bills are the reason you want to file a lawsuit in the first place! However, legal fees for a malpractice case can often be tens of thousands of dollars.
Few of us have that kind of money laying around, which is why most medical malpractice attorneys work on contingency. What this means is that your medical malpractice attorney will only bill you if and after the case is won. Fees from the malpractice settlement will often cover the lawyer's fees, meaning that you will essentially not have to pay anything out of pocket except for your time and energy. The hospital or doctor who wronged you will pay the funds for your lawsuit.
Work Involved In A Medical Malpractice Case
As the plaintiff, it will be your and your lawyer's job to build a case against the doctor or hospital who wronged you. Your lawyer will tell you before he takes a case if he thinks he can win it. If not, the lawyer will often refuse to take it.
Part of a lawyer's skill involves being able to get the proper documentation and tell you if the case will likely win or if it will not hold up in court. Your lawyer puts his own money on the line when he accepts your case. While some lawyers ask for initial fees to cover their research, the best lawyers do not charge you a dime until the case is won. If the case is lost, the law firm swallows the loss. Because medical malpractice cases can be expensive, the law firms that fail don't tend to stay in business very long. This leaves the successful ones with a proven track record of effective legal representation for you to choose from.
You will have to play your part even if you don't pay any of your money for the medical malpractice lawsuit. You will have to secure your medical records and share them with your lawyer, and you may have to help provide evidence of the hospital's wrongdoing.
Don't worry about the money for your malpractice lawsuit, because chances are, you won't have to pay a thing. Contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney today if you believe you have a case!