When a medical professional commits malpractice, victims can suffer damages including medical expenses and lost wages. However, many claimants are concerned about the costs of bringing a lawsuit against the healthcare provider or insurance company responsible for the harm caused. The good news is that most medical malpractice lawyers do not require upfront payments to pursue a case. Most work on a contingency basis, meaning that they only get paid if they successfully win compensation for their client.
The percentage charged by a lawyer is usually determined through a contract signed by the client and the attorney. These contracts can vary, but typically medical malpractice attorneys charge a contingency fee between thirty percent (30%) and forty percent (40%) of the amount recovered in compensation through a settlement or verdict.
This arrangement can make it more affordable to bring a lawsuit against a health care practitioner for negligence, especially when there is a possibility of a large award. However, it is important for victims to consider all of the related expenses when calculating the value of their claim. These expenses may include future losses in earning capacity, for instance, if the victim can only return to work part-time due to ongoing physical problems, and even costs for household services like cleaning and babysitting.
Some attorneys also offer a sliding scale contingency fee, meaning that they charge a lower percentage as the amount of the award increases. However, this arrangement is rare.