Who Pays The Costs Of My Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases cost money. You have to collect medical records, police reports, and other documents. You usually have to pay for them. You also have to pay court fees if you file your case. In addition, you have to pay court reporters to take testimony. The biggest expense of a personal injury case is usually expert witnesses though. To prove your case, you will have to pay doctors to testify. You may also have to pay for an accident reconstructionist or another sort of expert. Expert witness fees in a personal injury case can run well into five figures.
So who pays these fees? If you’re injured, you have medical bills to contend with. And you may be out of work. Most injury victims can’t afford to shell out thousands of dollars to experts. That’s where a good personal injury law firm comes in. Personal injury lawyers are typically willing to advance the costs of a case for their clients. This means that you would be able to focus on your recovery and leave worrying about paying for your case to your lawyer. Because the costs of a personal injury case are so high, when you’re selecting a personal injury lawyer, you need to make sure they are from a firm that is willing to spend the money necessary to prove your case. If not, you could get halfway through and be stuck with a bill you never expected. Because these costs are just an advance, you will have to pay the law firm back at the end of the case out of the settlement in addition to the attorney’s fees.
There are exceptions to this though. If the lawyer doesn’t think the case is worth enough to justify spending money on an expert, he or she may not be willing to advance costs. Also, the lawyer’s willingness to advance costs may change based on events in the case. If new facts come out that lead your lawyer to think you may lose, they may not want to advance more costs. This is why it is important to have a good relationship with your personal injury lawyer. You need to have these conversations before the case begins. That way, everyone knows where they stand and who’s paying for what costs.
If you have questions about costs in a personal injury case, contact Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC today. We’d be happy to talk to you.