Medical Malpractice Attorney Fees
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How much will it cost to hire a medical malpractice attorney?
Clients always want to know how much a medical malpractice case will cost them. These cases are extremely expensive to prosecute and because of that, clients are not able to afford to hire lawyers on an hourly basis. As a result, clients pay what is called a contingency fee, and that means our payment of any fee is contingent on us being successful for the client and making a recovery for them. A contingency fee means we’re going to be paid a percentage of any recovery that is available to the client, either through a settlement or through a judgment that we collect for them.
In any medical malpractice case we handle, we typically present the client with a contingency fee contract. It is a graduated contract, meaning if we’re able to resolve the case early, we charge the client less and the reason is because we spent less time and resources. Medical malpractice cases are one of the most expensive types of cases to prosecute in the state of Florida. They are highly complex and because of that, the resources put into it by the law firm are extraordinary. There’s a lengthy and expensive pre-suit procedure we have to go through in prosecuting medical malpractice cases that most lawyers never deal with and never know how to deal with. It’s important to hire an experienced attorney.
The contingency case model is designed to make the courthouse available to clients who can’t afford to prosecute a case. We typically are going to spend anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000 in out-of-pocket costs in prosecuting a medical malpractice case that goes all the way through trial, so the contingency model means you’re going to pay us a percentage of any recovery we make and we will be reimbursed for the costs we expend.
The way we graduate the fee is by charging a much lower percentage at the early part of the case. For example, if we’re able to resolve a case before we hire the expert witnesses, then we charge a much lower percentage because we haven’t spent as much time and money on the case. Once it goes into the pre-suit process, our fee goes up a few percentage points, and then once it goes into a full-blown litigation in court, it goes up an additional percentage. Our fees are in four different sets of percentages, depending on when in the life of the case the fee resolves.
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