Qui tam attorneys understand the complexity of your case. There’s a fear of retaliation and a need for legal protection. On top of all that, the laws are difficult to understand, so you need an experienced trial lawyer who can explain the ins and outs of your case and help you choose the proper course of action. With that said, we’ve put together a list of some of the common questions people have about these types of cases.
What does qui tam mean?
In common law, it’s a writ where an individual who helps the prosecution can receive part or sometimes the entire imposed penalty. Under the False Claims Act, a whistleblower can bring a lawsuit against the federal government. A whistleblower is a private individual who reports misconduct to a co-worker, supervisor or external party.
Am I protected under the law?
Qui tam attorneys who know the law well have used the free speech protections of the First Amendment to protect their clients against retaliation. There’s also the Whistleblower Protection Act. In 1989, it was put into place to protect government employees against retaliation. However, with the Garcetti v. Ceballos case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court ruled that the plaintiff’s statements were that of a public employee and therefore not protected by the First Amendment.
What should I do if I think I have a case?
Contact our qui tam attorneys. You’ll want to consult with an experienced civil trial lawyer that knows about these cases and the related laws. These cases can be very difficult and complicated. The law is complex and not all lawyers have the skills and experience to handle this type of claim. When you need help, you need the best to help you.
You should demand a qui tam attorney that is experienced with this kind of claim. That lawyer will have the knowledge and the experience to explore and analyze the issues surrounding the events. It is extremely important to talk to an attorney about your situation as soon as possible.
What will a qui tam attorney do for me?
Step One: Determine if there’s a case
At the Mininno Law Office in Collingswood, NJ, and Philadelphia, your case will be reviewed by qui tam attorneys and other professionals that will assess your situation and every detail of your case. These professionals will go over records, reports and other relevant documents to see if you have a strong case.
Step Two: Determine if you need a qui tam attorney
If you have a case, the firm will invite you and your family to meet at their offices and have an open and honest discussion about the merits of your case. All of your questions and concerns will be answered and then you and your family can decide if the case should be filed. If you decide to proceed, the Mininno Law Office will then notify the appropriate parties about your claim. You will not have to tell anyone yourself. We will get your records and make sure that you are protected from day one.
The qui tam attorney will work with whoever is needed to find out what your rights and legal options are. While the victim deals with the hardships of the situation, the lawyer will fight for your legal rights. When you come to the Mininno Law Office, you will receive a free case evaluation or consultation with our team. They will be able to break down the details of your case and determine if you need a specialized attorney.
How much will a qui tam attorney cost?
Generally, legal fees are not cheap, and lawyers know that defendants may not have the money to hire them. However, the Mininno Law Office will work on “contingency fee basis,” which allows you to get the best legal representation available without having to pay up front. In other words, contingency is service now, pay later.
Another benefit of working on a contingency basis with a qui tam attorney is that you do not pay legal fees unless and until you win. As a fee, the lawyer receives a percentage of your recovery as compensation. Most lawyers receive for 33 to 40 percent of your compensation. In the event that you do not win the case, if you’re working with a lawyer on contingency, you do not have to pay any fee. In other words, we work for free unless or until we are successful.
How long will my case take and what else can I expect?
You can expect a long, tiring process. Any lawsuit is a battle, but your qui tam attorney will help you with everything. You must be prepared to answer written questions, some of them personal in nature, and be prepared to answer questions about your case at an attorney’s office. But don’t worry. We will be with you the entire time to protect your rights. You may find yourself spending a large amount of time each day helping your attorney with the case. It’s a team effort.
The cases that qui tam attorneys handle are usually not quick and simple. Sometimes they are resolved quickly, but it may take months or even years for a case to be resolved.
Do you still have questions about qui tam attorneys? We can help
At the Mininno Law Office, we have experienced lawyers who have dealt with these cases often. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions and provide any help you need. You can contact the Mininno Law Office by filling out a free case evaluation on the left side of this page or feel free to call us.
Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in PA.
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