Cerebral palsy in infants can lead to incredibly expensive medical needs soon after the child is born. In some cases, parents hire a birth injury attorney in a quest to get compensation for medical negligence that may have led to the child’s injury. If this is the case for you, there are some good practices you can follow to make sure that your lawyer has everything they need to ensure that you have the best chance of winning your case.
Whenever you’re working with a lawyer, they become your advocate, your confidant and, to a large extent, the person from whom you take a fair amount of direction. If your lawyer tells you not to speak with somebody, be sure that you follow their advice. It’s important that your lawyer is privy to all communication relevant to the case. To that end, they’ll almost always recommend that you go through them for everything. The good thing about this is that it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that, if you do have to speak with someone who might be involved with the case, your lawyer will make sure that you don’t say the wrong thing or ruin your case.
Your lawyer will need access to all of the medical information relevant to the case, of course. This can be very sensitive and, sometimes, embarrassing. It’s perfectly natural to be a bit hesitant to share your own information but, when your child’s medical information is at issue, you’re going to tend to be even more protective. Lawyer/client relationships are protected by a tradition of law that goes back many years. You can be absolutely confident that it’s safe to share any and all medical information that applies with your attorney. Remember, they’re on your side in their working for you. In order to do their jobs, however, they need you to be forthcoming about everything.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need a lawyer, you may consider getting a free consultation. Many attorneys offer these. Some attorneys also work on contingency, which means that you don’t have to pay them unless they actually win your claim. A free consultation, however, is the first step and it allows the lawyer to determine whether or not they can help you. If they feel that they can help you, they’ll likely take your case and get right to work.