If you’re getting ready to meet with a cerebral palsy lawyer, you’ll want to be ready to answer their questions to your best of your abilities.
During the initial consultation, the attorney will be figuring out whether or not they wish to handle your case. They figure this out based on whether or not they think your claim has merit (in addition to a few other factors). Most CP lawyers work on contingency, meaning that you don’t pay attorneys fees unless you win. Due to this kind of arrangement, attorneys have to be sure that they have a good chance of winning a case before they take on any new client.
To prepare for your consultation, here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.
What Did the Investigation Find?
Whenever a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, there’s usually an investigation into how it happened. Sometimes, the investigation reveals that medical malpractice was likely a factor in your child developing cerebral palsy. Sometimes the investigation is “inconclusive,” which is why it’s important to have your attorney look into the facts of your case as well.
How Severe Is It?
In reality, you won’t know how severe the damage to your child’s brain is until they’re older. Doctors can use scans and other tests to determine how much damage was done physically, but any cognitive or emotional disabilities your child suffers may not be revealed for a while. Lawyers who have experience with cerebral palsy understand this, but try to give them as much information as possible during your initial consultation.
What Are Your Child’s Damages?
A lawsuit is meant to recoup losses you’ve suffered (including expected future losses) related to your child’s condition. Your claim will have a dollar figure associated with it, and it’s not cold or exploitative to say as much. Your child is going to need a good deal of treatment and care. What’s more, they may need ongoing care after you’re gone.
Treatment, assistive devices, and other costs quickly mount up, but an attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement or secure a jury award that will be enough to pay for your child’s medical expenses now and into the future. This is a lot of peace of mind for parents.
Talk to an attorney, tell them your story, but also ask them questions. If you’re not sure whether or not you have a viable claim, they’ll be able to let you know during your consultation. Don’t feel on the spot; it’s not an audition. It’s a chance to have a conversation about your family’s situation with an expert who’s focused on your family’s well-being.
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