If you’re getting ready to meet with a Dallas cerebral palsy lawyer, you’ll want to be ready to answer their questions. They’ll be figuring out whether or not they want to represent you. They figure this out based on whether or not they think they can actually win your claim. You can find lawyers that work on contingency, meaning that you don’t pay them if you don’t win, and this means that they have to be sure that they have a good chance of arguing a case successfully before they take on a new client. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind.
What Did the Investigation Find?
Whenever a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, there’s an investigation into how it happened. The doctors will try to find out what type of cerebral palsy your child has—dyskinetic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, etc.—and how the injury most likely occurred. Sometimes, the investigation reveals that medical negligence was likely a factor in your child developing cerebral palsy.
How Severe Is It?
In reality, you won’t know how severe the damage to your child’s brain was 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 CP understand this.
How Much Will It Cost?
Your child’s CP will have a dollar figure cost to it and it’s not cold or exploitative to say as much. Your child is going to need care. What’s more, they’re going to need care after you’re gone, in all likelihood. If you have a good medical negligence case, a lawyer can sometimes get a settlement or jury award for you 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 lawsuit, they’ll be able to let you know whether or not it’s worth considering by speaking with you and answering any questions you have. Meeting with attorneys for consultations is usually free. 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.