Choosing an Effective Attorney
Fraud against the federal government costs tax payers billions of dollars every year. From Medicare scams to contractors taking kickbacks on construction projects, fraud is rampant where government money is involved.
If you have witnessed fraud against the government, you are entitled to file a qui tam or whistleblower, lawsuit to expose the corruption. As a reward for uncovering illegal activities, you may receive a percentage of whatever the government recovers from the wrongdoer.
In order to file a qui tam lawsuit, you must be represented by an attorney. The North Carolina whistleblower lawyers at the law offices of Riddle & Brantley, LLP have compiled this list of questions you should ask before hiring legal representation for your case.
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Why Do I Need an Attorney?
In most legal proceedings, you have the right to represent yourself pro se. In a qui tam lawsuit, however, you are not representing yourself—you are acting on behalf of the United States Government. Since a government entity cannot represent itself without an attorney, you must have an attorney to represent you as well.
How Much Experience Do You Have with Qui Tam Law?
Your attorney should have actual experience pursuing qui tam cases under the False Claims Act. In addition to just filing qui tam claims, he or she should also have experience pursuing a whistleblower case all the way through to the trial stage.
In addition to qui tam cases, ask about your attorney’s experience with other types of complex litigation. Does the firm have the resources you need to pursue a case which may last for several years? Is your attorney’s firm stable enough to stay with you for a lengthy case? Make sure you choose a firm with a solid foundation that can fully support your claim.
Will The Firm Pursue My Case If The Government Declines To Join?
The federal government may choose to join your qui tam case as a party. If this occurs, the government usually takes over most of the legal work on your behalf. If the government does not join your case (which happens in 8 out of every 10 qui tam cases), then you must decide if you will drop your case or have your attorney pursue it all the way to trial.
Before you hire an attorney, be sure that you are confident in the firm’s ability to provide the resources and experiences you need to take your case to trial, even if the government does not join your claim. Make a plan ahead of time with your attorney, so that you are prepared for whatever the government decides to do.
What Kind of Results Have You Had With Whistleblower Cases?
Obviously, the end goal of any lawsuit is to win and successfully recover compensation. Ask your attorney about his or her results with qui tam cases, and the amounts successfully recovered. Also ask if your attorney has ever contested the reward percentage the government has given to qui tam plaintiffs—occasionally, the government may allocate less money to the plaintiff than he or she deserves.
Make sure your False Claims Act lawyer has the experience and the attitude needed to ensure that you receive all of the compensation you deserve.
How Big Is Your Firm? Will My Case Receive Personal Attention?
Very large law firms often have the benefit of having multiple attorneys and assistants to assign to each client. However, clients at large firms can get lost in the shuffle, and may not get the personal attention they deserve.
Ask your attorney how often he or she contacts the firm’s clients. Will you be communicating with one person, or several? Will you hear from your attorney often, or mostly from your attorney’s paralegal or assistant? Choose an attorney that will give you the level of attention that you want.
The Riddle & Brantley Difference
Filing a whistleblower lawsuit can be an intimidating experience. Often, you are making allegations against a current or former employer, and you may be nervous about the consequences of your lawsuit.
That is why your qui tam claim deserves the time and efforts of a dedicated whistleblower attorney, like those at Riddle & Brantley, LLP. Our attorneys will see your case through from beginning to end, and will always be available to answer your questions. We have the experience and resources you need to see your case through, and we only get paid if you win.
Call Riddle & Brantley, LLP today at (800)525-7111 or use our case evaluation form to have your claim reviewed by one of our experienced attorneys today. Don’t let others get away with defrauding the government. Let Riddle & Brantley, LLP help you fight for justice and experience the peace of mind that comes with having the support of a law firm with decades of experience helping victims throughout North Carolina.
At the law offices of Riddle & Brantley, LLP, we are dedicated to the pursuit of justice.