Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A CONTINGENCY FEE?

A contingency fee agreement is an agreement between the attorney and client that the attorney is paid a fee only if the client is successful and recovers money either by settlement or judgment. The fee is based on a percentage of the award.

Many law firms will charge you $1,500, $2,500 or more in advance, just to have a doctor review your medical records to determine if you have a case to pursue. Our law firm will never charge you for that initial review, and will personally review your records and discuss your case with you. Call the LAW DOCTORS for more information regarding contingency fees.

TIME LIMITATIONS FOR FILING A CLAIM

The time limit for filing a claim is referred to as the Statute of Limitations. This time limit applies to medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and other claims. The time available to file a claim varies depending upon the circumstances of your case, and you should never assume that your case is too old to file. At the same time, you don't want to wait too long or it may be too late.

If you have a claim for medical malpractice, personal injury or wrongful death, call THE LAW DOCTORS to determine when your case should be filed.

SETTLEMENT BEFORE TRIAL

Settling your case before trial for an amount that you consider reasonable can only be accomplished by thorough and expert preparation of your case. Most lawsuits that are well prepared will settle. This avoids the unpredictability of jurors who may not decide in your favor.

You will always be informed of any offers made to settle your case and will be able to discuss the strength of your claim and chances of winning at trial. Because of our attorneys' expertise and experience, you can expect the best possible settlement for your claim.

WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?

Medical malpractice is negligent care given by a health care provider - doctor, nurse, dentist, hospital or others - that falls below that standard of care of similar providers that causes harm to a patient. These standards of care may be published by a medical society or other organization, and are required knowledge for medical professionals. Unfortunately for their patients, some medical professionals give care that falls below these standards; care that is negligent and harms their patients, such as delay in the diagnosis of cancer leading to loss of a chance of a cure, or misdiagnosing a condition because routine tests or procedures were not ordered.

It takes experts to determine what is negligent and what could have been done to avoid the harm from that negligence. Call us to evaluate your medical malpractice case.

SURVIVOR'S RIGHTS

When someone dies because of the fault of another, whether the death was caused by medical negligence, motor vehicle accident, construction injury, or a defective product, the family member may be compensated for their losses, including medical expenses, lost earnings and the loss of love and affection. The surviving family members, including spouse, child, parent, siblings or others, are given the right to bring a lawsuit on the deceased's behalf.

Because the survivors have only a limited time to bring suit, you should not delay in contacting us to investigate the circumstances of the death and identify the responsible parties.

LOST WAGES

Lost wages are recoverable for injuries you sustain through the fault of another. This is not the same as a loss of future earnings or reduced earning capacity. You as the plaintiff will have to prove that your injuries were directly caused by the defendant's wrongdoing. THE LAW DOCTORS will obtain medical experts to prove your case, to show that your disability caused by the defendant prevented you from earning your regular income.

Call us for more information regarding lost wages.

MEDICAL PAYMENT

Insurance is available that provides payment of medical expenses incurred as a result of certain accidents, the most common of which is automobile accidents. If you are hospitalized, receive medical treatment, or suffer disability, the typical medical payments policy would cover such expenses. The purpose of these policies is solely the payment of medical benefits and not for other property damage or personal injury. If you are having difficulties because your insurance company is denying payment, call THE LAW DOCTORS to assist you.

MISDIAGNOSIS

Unfortunately, some doctors fail to practice according to the standard of care required of them and fail to diagnose conditions that harm their patients. Doctors may be negligent by assuming that a breast lump is just a cyst or that rectal bleeding is just from hemorrhoids; that misdiagnosis of cancer may cost their patients their life. HMO's and managed care may not approve certain treatment or procedures. This rationing may lead to misdiagnosis

If a doctor or other medical professional failed to properly and timely diagnose the problem that led to your injury, call THE LAW DOCTORS for a free consultation regarding your rights and to recover your damages.