When you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may wish to pursue a claim against the negligent healthcare provider. You can file a personal injury or a wrongful death case to hold medical professionals accountable if their negligence causes harm. However, because these types of cases are often very complicated, you likely will need to be represented by an attorney if you want to recover monetary damages for medical negligence.
Your attorney will offer invaluable advice, will represent you every step of the way and will help you to maximize your chances of being fairly compensated for damages. However, you may be concerned about hiring an attorney because you are worried about the expense of legal representation. Understanding the cost and fee structure in malpractice cases will help you to determine if hiring a lawyer is the right choice for you.
At Carey, Danis & Lowe, our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of medical malpractice. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the legal representation we provide and about the costs you are responsible for when seeking legal services.
Do You Have to Pay Costs in Malpractice Case?
Carey, Danis & Lowe represents victims of medical malpractice on a contingent fee basis. This means that you are not responsible for paying any fees associated with legal services provided by our attorneys unless we recover compensation for you. Unlike when you hire a lawyer on an hourly-basis, you do not pay a set fee for each hour of time that we spend on your case. Instead, when we help you to obtain monetary damages for medical negligence, you will pay a percentage of the recovery after you collect from the negligent doctor.
The specific percent you need to pay is going to vary depending upon whether your case is resolved during settlement, in trial or after an appeal. In many cases, however, you will end up obtaining a larger amount of compensation even after paying fees than you would have if you had tried to pursue the medical negligence claim without the help of a skilled legal professional.
It is important to note that legal fees, which are paid on a contingent fee basis, are different from costs. Costs refer to actual expenses that are incurred when trying your case. Expenses and costs will be paid out of the amount of money that you recover and are in addition to legal fees. If you do not win your case, you will not be responsible for the costs.
Carey, Danis & Lowe offers free consultations to victims of medical malpractice in St. Louis, Belleville and throughout Southern Illinois. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can help you.