By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
When child is injured as result of the negligence, fault, or carelessness of another person, business, or government entity, the parent of the injured child should seek out legal advice to determine the respective rights of the injured child and the liabilities of the the tortfeasor – wrongdoer. It can be quite overwhelming to find the right lawyer to handle the case. Parents in search of a lawyer to handle a child injury case should know a few things:
1. Most attorneys who regularly handle personal injury cases provide free consultations;
2. Most attorneys handle personal injury matters on a contigency basis. In other words, if there is no recovery, there will be one attorney fees or costs owed to the lawyer handling the case.
3. There should not be any guarantees as to a result on any case. The outcome of any particular case is dependent on too many variables to properly provide a client with any guarantee of an outcome or a result. If a lawyer guarantees an outcome, you may want to get it in writing. Whether a guarantee is verbal or written, it is still improper for an attorney to give.
Child Injury Lawyers, who handle these cases on a regular basis, are not required to accept representation to every prospective client who contact the office. A qualified Child Injury Lawyer is one who has been in practice for many years, understands the rights as provided under the applicable state law, and takes that necessary and humane approach to the case by putting the best interest of the client as the focus of the case and the representation.
If the case is handled on a contingency basis, the attorney fees associated with representation will be a percentage of the financial recovery of the case. Many States have guidelines and maximum allowable contingency fees. Make sure that the lawyer handling the cases explains the guidelines and reviews the Attorney Client Contract in detail with you.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Day Care Center Injuries, Damages and Compensation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.