She Thought She Could Not Afford A Birth Injury Attorney Until She Picked Up The Phone…
She thought that she could not afford a birth injury attorney until she picked up the phone. This was the initial thought of a mother who I spoke with regarding a birth injury. For her, picking up the phone was her last effort to get help for her child.
Without getting into all of the details of the birth, the mother experienced, in her words, a very long delivery, which spanned days. In addition, the baby had to be rushed to the NICU following the vaginal delivery. After numerous appointments to see doctors and other medical professionals, she noticed that her baby was not “getting better” and not “growing like other babies.”
A combination of all of the above, with mounting medical bills, lead her to the internet to find help. Did the doctors and hospital cause her child’s injury or was it something else? As a mother, she wanted to know so she could do the best she could for her baby. But in the back of her mind she said she was so hesitant to reach out to a Maryland birth injury attorney because “she had no money.” But then she learned something on that phone call about the contingency fee agreement…
THE POWER OF THE CONTINGENCY FEE AGREEMENT…
Contingency Fee Agreement…Those three words are powerful in this area of Maryland law because this type of agreement allows a plaintiff (the person bringing the injury case) to have a chance to bring their claim to the Maryland Civil Justice System.
Essentially, under a contingency fee agreement, the attorney will front the costs to push the injury case forward on behalf of the injured person and take a percentage of the settlement or jury verdict as the legal fee. Costs can be recouped in this manner too. With that said, you want to make sure that you understand how the agreement deals with costs. Will you only be responsible for costs (filing fees, expert fees, deposition fees, etc…) unless you win or will you be responsible for costs regardless? Be sure to understand these terms of the agreement before signing on the dotted line.
BABY SUFFERED A BIRTH INJURY BUT YOU HAVE LITTLE MONEY TO HIRE A LAWYER?
She thought that she could not afford a birth injury attorney until she picked up the phone and learned about the contingency fee agreement. If your child has suffered an injury at birth, or has been recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and you have questions, this is what I invite you to do. Add to this, don’t let the fact that you may not think that you can’t “afford” an attorney to prevent you from at least taking this next action, as this next action will cost you nothing.
What is this next action? Pick up the phone and give me a call at 301-850-4832. I answer questions like yours all the time. Add to this I would be happy to listen to your story.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC 2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815