Most attorneys who believe a case has merit will take the case without payment up front. They will take the case on a contingency basis, which means they will receive a percentage of your award if and when you recover for your injuries. An attorney in Connecticut may only receive a contingency fee up to the following amounts: 33 1/3 percent of the first $300,000, 25 percent of the next $300,000, 20 percent of the next $300,000, 15 percent of the next $300,000, and 10 percent of any amount which exceeds $1,200,000. If you and your attorney agree to a contingency fee, the attorney must put the agreement in writing and provide you with a signed copy. There are hourly and fixed fee agreements available as well. The attorney`s out of pocket costs are, in many cases, not included in the attorney`s fees. You should be sure to pay attention to how an attorney will bill you for costs. In a medical malpractice case, these expenses can be quite high. Many attorneys will decline a case unless there is potential for a substantial verdict or settlement.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified medical malpractice lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local medical malpractice attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.