Originally Posted by kumquat
I doubt I have anything intelligent to add to this thread but IMHO, if you "lawyer up", (s)he will want about 1/3 of any settlement including one that might have been offered without counsel. Make sure you have some agreement that protects you from all sides.
Not all lawyers work/bill this way. Personally, I would avoid this kind of lawyer firm (typically referred to as ambulance chasers) for a variety of reasons, especially in your circumstance.
Good legal advice is valuable, you will pay dearly for in if you only consider the hourly rate. But, you may wind up paying much more for questionable/no legal guidance.
Having said all of this, getting the health taken care of would be my top priority.
I am not a lawyer or a particular fan; but, I have come to see their value in specific situations. (This is definitely a case of my advising you to do as I say not as I do: I very rarely confer with legal or medical professionals even though I am sure both would be beneficial.)
Good luck with all you are going through.