Birth Defects Lawsuits Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to fighting against birth defects, you’re not alone. We can answer any questions you have about birth defects lawsuits.
THERE ARE MANY QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN HIRING A LAW FIRM TO FIGHT FOR YOU. To help, we have assembled answers to the questions we are most commonly asked by victims of birth defects. Take a moment to review and contact us with any other questions.
Frequently Asked Questions for Birth Defects Victims
What causes birth defects?
Birth defects are caused by any number of factors, but one major cause is toxic exposure to chemicals while pregnant.
What is toxic exposure?
Toxic exposure happens when a person comes into direct contact with a chemical by touching, ingesting, or by breathing in the chemical.
Who is liable for birth defects caused by toxic exposure?
Companies who failed to protect workers from exposure to toxic chemicals can be liable for birth defects. Workers who have children with birth defects can file a birth defect lawsuit to fight back against corporations who put them in danger.
How do I file a birth defect lawsuit?
Contact our birth defects victim alliance. We are available 24/7 to speak with you and answer any questions.
Who can file a birth defects lawsuit?
Parents of children with birth defects, family members with legal authority, or those with birth defects caused by toxic chemical exposure can file a claim to take legal action against companies who are at fault.
How much does it cost to file a birth defects lawsuit?
We are able to evaluate your case and seek justice on your behalf at no cost to you. Our commitment is to offer our legal services on a contingency-fee basis — meaning there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you or your family unless you are awarded compensation.
Which states can my birth defect lawsuit be filed in?
Our team of national and local birth defect attorneys can file your lawsuit in any state — including New York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. We have tried and won birth defect cases across the United States. Each state is different, and we know the requirements for filing your birth defect lawsuit in each of the 50 states.
What is the statute of limitations for filing a birth defects claim?
This amount of time you are able to file a lawsuit varies by state, so we recommend acting fast if you think you have a claim. Some states it may be years and others it may be forever. To find out if you can file a claim, speak with one of our birth defect attorneys now.
What outcome can I expect from my birth defect lawsuit?
When you work with our team of dedicated attorneys, you can expect to receive a thorough evaluation and complete dedication throughout the course of representation to ensure you receive justice for your birth defect.
How can I find out more about birth defect cases like mine?
We have helped hundreds of families receive justice for birth defects caused by toxic exposure. To find out about our clients and their stories, visit Our Success Stories.
Does your team have experience dealing with birth defect cases like mine?
Our skill is handling unique cases involving birth defects caused by toxic exposure to chemicals that have affected families like yours across the country.
What questions should I ask when choosing a birth defects attorney?
Experience is crucial to choosing legal representation. Ask how many years your attorney has been practicing, what percentage of his or her time is devoted to cases like yours, and how many trials the attorney has been involved in. It is important that you feel comfortable with the birth defects attorney you choose to fight for you.
How can I be sure that I have the right attorney for my birth defect case?
It is important to hire an attorney who has knowledge of and experience with birth defects litigation. Ask the attorney questions about his or her experience in the area you need help; if he or she won’t spend time with you to answer your questions, find an attorney who will. If he or she does not appear to know much about your problem area, they are not the right attorney for your case.
Who pays my birth defects case?
Our alliance of birth defects victims attorneys will pay all expenses required to get your case ready for trial, and are only reimbursed if there is a recovery in the case. So, if there is a recovery, the client will reimburse our group for the attorney fees and legal costs out of that recovery.
What happens if I don’t want to have a court trial?
Your attorney will negotiate the best possible settlement of your case and recommend that you accept it.
How long will the trial last?
Each case is different, as the length of a trial depends on many factors, some of which include the number of witnesses who testify, the number of parties involved in the suit, the number of exhibits to introduce into evidence, and the court’s schedule.
How much is my birth defects case worth?
Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered before the case is investigated, since each case must be evaluated on an individual basis. Our alliance of birth defects attorneys are experienced in evaluating cases and will give you their opinion after an investigation has been completed. However, an exact dollar amount or a guaranteed amount will not be given at any time.
How much will legal representation cost me?
Our alliance of birth defects attorneys takes cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge our clients by the hour for legal representation. We only get paid fees and reimbursement of expenses when a recovery is made in your case. If no recovery is made, no fees or expenses are paid.
Do I have to pay for expenses regardless of whether we win or lose?
No. You only pay for expenses if a recovery is made in your case.
When will I receive my money?
It depends. If your case has been settled, your settlement can be paid only after the settlement papers have been signed and the funds have been deposited into our alliance’s trust account. If a lawsuit must be filed, it can take months and sometimes years before a settlement can be achieved or a jury award obtained. Even then, the losing party may appeal the jury’s decision, which may mean it will take longer for you to receive your award.
Is a settlement a regular monthly payment?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes clients prefer to have their settlements paid in one lump sum, while others prefer to receive their settlement checks monthly or annually. Feel free to consult with your attorney on this issue.
Do I have to pay taxes on settlements or verdicts in my favor?
We are not able to give tax advice. Please ask your certified tax accountant all of your questions regarding taxes.