Many lawyers who handle medical malpractice cases work on a “contingency fee” basis. This usually means that the lawyer will not charge the client an hourly rate for his or her services. Instead, the lawyer will be paid a percentage of any recovery that may result from a settlement, award, or judgment. With a contingency fee agreement, the lawyer is paid only if her or she is able to obtain from a settlement, award, or judgment for the client. In addition, many of these lawyers also wait until the resolution of the case to recover for expenses (such as expert fees, discovery costs, and so forth). Thus, financial concerns should not prevent someone who suspects that they may have been the victim of medical malpractice from immediately contacting a qualified lawyer.