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Are Medical Malpractice Cases Expensive?

Are Medical Malpractice Cases Expensive

The Client of the Medical Malpractice is exempt from any payment

They are extremely expensive, since medical experts are needed, and the medical experts sometimes charge upwards of $1,000 per hour to review medical records and prepare their opinions. They charge $5,000 or more for depositions and $10,000-$15,000 to fly into town and testify at trial. Some cases have 4 or 5 different experts. Here’s how the costs can add up. Your case, for example, may need two experts. Let’s say an internal medicine
specialist and a radiologist.

By the time they’ve reviewed the records and provided a pre-suit affidavit of their opinions, the costs could be $5,000 each. Then, they need to review the depositions of your law. Then, they need to review the depositions your lawyer takes of the defendants, so there’s another $2,000 to $3,000. Meetings with your lawyer to prepare for their depositions and trial could be another $5,000 each, and the experts usually charge $7,500 to $10,000 per day for appearing at trial to testify. So, for experts alone in a medical malpractice case, we’re talking upwards of $50,000. Add to that costs for the deposition transcripts themselves-averaging about $800 each-and there being sometimes more than 10 depositions in the case, that alone would add another $8,000 to the costs. And that’s conservative. BUT, the contract with the client says the attorney advances all costs and then the client pays the costs only if there is a recovery by settlement or verdict.

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