How much does it cost to file suit?
I think one of the most important services that we provide to our clients is that we don’t ask our clients to put up money for us to represent them. Our clients aren’t required to pay us a retainer so that we can go and use their money to obtain their medical records or use their money to hire experts. We advance the money for them, so our clients have no outof-pocket expenses when they hire us. Now, if there’s a recovery on their behalf, a settlement or a verdict in a judgment, then we get reimbursed, but in those states that allow us to do this which is most states, if we don’t win, we don’t get reimbursed for the expenses. We take on the risk for our clients that if we make a bad decision and take on a case that we can’t win, then we eat the expenses ourselves. Our clients don’t. Now, someone may say why is it you do this for your clients, why don’t you go and force them to put up the money, and the reason is simple. My clients are not named Bill Gates. My clients are struggling to survive medical malpractice, perhaps it’s a wrongful death, perhaps it’s a brain damaged baby or a delayed diagnosis of cancer.
They don’t have the money to pay for the expenses of exploring litigation which can go into the hundreds of thousands of dollars between the medical records and hiring experts and taking depositions and everything else that’s required to put together a winning malpractice case. We advance the money. If there’s not a recovery, we eat the loss. If there is a recovery, we get reimbursed.