Your finances should never stand between you and the legal help that you need in a medical malpractice case. If you think that money is a barrier between you and an experienced lawyer, the good news is that you can think again. A medical malpractice attorney will never ask you to pay them for their services out of your own pocket.
The Snyder Law Group has been fighting for the rights of injured Marylanders since we opened our doors in 2000. Those who do you wrong will come to find out the hard way what it means for a lawyer to “Snyder Them.” We will fight hard on your behalf, and we will not rest until we have done everything possible to get justice for you.
How can those with limited means pursue malpractice claims?
You may think that you need to pay a lawyer for them to take your medical malpractice case. You have been told that you are facing a long legal fight, and you may be afraid that you do not have the money to afford it. Other types of lawyers will ask you for a retainer fee upfront against the money that they will bill you later. Then, you may think of the amount of money that you have available and fear that you will have to forgo filing a lawsuit. You do not need legal aid. You can afford a personal injury lawyer the same as anyone else can.
Thankfully, medical malpractice lawyers work in a different way, making it possible for everyone to afford an attorney, even if you have a low income. To be clear, your attorney is not donating their time to your case. They accept your case in the hopes that they will be paid in the future. Your attorney would not accept a case if they do not believe that there is a reasonable chance of success because they need to earn a living. Your lawyer would be paid if and when you win your case. These are known as contingency fees. When you hire the attorney, you sign a representation agreement that lays out the fee schedule and how they are paid. If you win, your attorney receives a percentage of your settlement. They may receive a slightly higher percentage of the proceeds if your case went to trial and you won. If you do not win, you do not pay.
Medical malpractice cases can be expensive. Your lawyer will work with at least one medical expert to prove your case. Experts can charge hundreds or thousands of dollars per hour, and they need to be paid. Your attorney will pay these costs upfront to develop your case. Your lawyer will advance all the costs associated with the litigation, and the costs would then be paid from the proceeds of your case.
What options are available for legal funding assistance?
The one thing that you do not have to worry about is paying a lawyer while your case is pending because of the contingency law system. Your lawyer is never going to ask you to pay money from your pocket, so you can afford a lawyer no matter what your household income is.
Medical malpractice cases can take years to resolve, especially if they are very complex. In the meantime, you have bills of your own that you need to pay. You have basic expenses, such as your housing and food. In addition, you may be responsible for a percentage of your medical costs that would come out of your own pocket. You may need some type of funding to keep affording your daily expenses while your case is pending. There are companies that would provide you with funding while your case proceeds. The company would receive a percentage of your case, and they would be paid back from the proceeds of your settlement or jury award.
Litigation finance companies would evaluate the strength of your case. They would generally be willing to provide funding when they believe that you have a strong case. If you do not win, you do not have to pay back the money. Because they have a stake in the success of your case, the litigation finance company would be able to participate in the decision-making in your case. Obtaining litigation funding may help you hold out for what you deserve in a settlement agreement. The defendant would not be able to wear you down by taking advantage of your financial situation. You will not be operating out of a position of panic when you are fighting for justice in your case.
How can firms support disadvantaged victims?
Your lawyer may also help you in other ways during the legal process. Although your attorney is focused on fighting for your legal rights, they may also perform other valuable services for you. There are a number of resources that you may be able to take advantage of while your case is pending that are aimed at helping those with lower incomes, and your lawyer may connect you with those resources.
An attorney will support you in a number of ways during your case. The first thing that you must know is your legal rights in your case. You may not even know what you can do to hold the doctor who injured you or your loved one accountable. A lawyer will explain your rights and how you may pursue financial compensation. You may not know whether you have a strong case for compensation. There is a leap that must be taken from thinking that the doctor did something wrong and proving that they committed medical malpractice. An attorney evaluates your claim to let you know whether they think you have a viable lawsuit. Your lawyer would develop your case, building the evidence that you need to show the doctor committed medical malpractice. They would work with expert witnesses and conduct depositions of the doctor and the defendant’s witnesses to develop your case. Then, your lawyer may negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement agreement on your behalf. If your lawyer cannot settle your case, they will present your lawsuit to a jury in court. You have enough to deal with when you have been injured by a doctor’s negligence. Your lawyer will take care of all the legal details so you can focus on your recovery. Get Legal Help Today, Regardless of Your Financial Situation.
If you have been injured by your doctor’s carelessness, you can afford an attorney to help you get justice. It does not matter how much you make or how much you have in the bank. Everyone has the means to get an effective attorney to represent them as they seek compensation for their malpractice-related losses. The Snyder Law Group has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and awards in medical malpractice cases. Doctors and hospitals fear us because they know that we get results. We can provide you with aggressive legal representation as you try to hold your medical professional accountable. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling us today at 410-THE-FIRM or by sending us a message online.