How to Hire a Birth Injury Lawyer
If your child was injured during birth because of a medical professional's negligence or error, a birth injury lawyer can help you protect you and your family's rights by helping you get compensation for the expensive care your child will require.
If you know someone else whose child was injured at birth, you might want to see if he or she has a birth injury lawyer or personal injury claim lawyer to recommend. If you can't get any recommendations, or if you want a few more names, you've come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with local personal injury attorneys who represents birth injury victims.
When you're ready to start the process of finding a birth injury lawyer, you can either complete the short form on this site or call 1-877-913-7222. Once you've answered some basic questions, we will connect you with one or more birth injury attorneys in your area. The lawyers will follow up with you within two business days, or you can call them at your convenience.
Meeting with Birth Injury Lawyers
After you have the names of a few birth injury lawyers, you will want to set up meetings or initial consultations with them. These meetings will allow you to learn more about the lawyer's experience and qualifications and will allow the lawyer to learn more about your case. These meetings may or may not be free, so make sure to ask when scheduling the meeting.
You should spend some time preparing for the initial consultations. You will want to make some notes about your case: What happened? What kind of medical bills have you already paid? What types of expenses related to the birth injury do you anticipate later in your child's life?
You should also make a list of questions to ask the lawyer that will help you decide whether he or she is qualified to handle your case. Topics to discuss include:
- The birth injury lawyer's experience handling cases like yours
- The personal injury lawyer's assessment of your case, estimated award you could win, and suggested strategy for your case
- How the attorney charges for legal services and the estimated cost to handle your case
Bring some extra paper to take notes at the meeting; these notes will help when it comes time for you to make a decision. And feel free to speak freely. Everything you tell the attorney will be kept confidential even if you hire a different lawyer.
The purpose of these meetings is to decide which lawyer you want to hire. Take some notes during each meeting so you can remember the key points you discussed when you are trying to make a decision.
How Do Birth Injury Lawyers Bill?
Birth injury lawyers charge either an hourly rate or a contingency fee. If the lawyer charges an hourly rate, you will pay for the time he or she spent on your case, regardless of outcome. With a contingency fee, the lawyer will only get paid if you get a monetary award. A contingency fee is usually calculated as a percentage of any money you receive.
Selecting a Birth Injury Lawyer
After you've completed your initial consultations, it's time for you to decide which birth injury lawyer to hire. You can begin by eliminating the lawyers you already know you don't want to hire. If you're still deciding between a few lawyers, ask each one for the names of past clients you can talk to. These references may help you with your decision.
When you choose an attorney, look for one who fulfills the following criteria:
- Has both the skills and experience to handle your case
- Offers advice that you trust, and makes you feel comfortable
- Has reasonable fees
If you have found a birth injury lawyer who meets these requirements, you can hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.