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Medical Malpractice Case Value
Sooner or later, a client will ask about the value of the case. We always tell them we don’t know because the mechanics of valuing a case come about as you get into the case. There are certain aspects of the case that factor in, such as the severity of the injury, whether that injury is going to produce long lasting effects that affect your ability to engage in your normal daily life, and whether you are out of work because of it. As such, valuing a case takes time.
We can begin to establish a value range once we’ve gathered information, collected evidence, and have a better handle on what the loss is according to the state’s damages. If you feel like you’ve had a loss due to a medical negligence or a healthcare provider in Nassau County or Duval County or the outlying areas, call us. We’ll sit down, we’ll go through it, and we’ll figure out a plan that suits you best.
Medical Malpractice Case Timeline
We are often asked how long it will take to wrap up a malpractice case. In northeast Florida, Nassau County, Duval County, and the surrounding areas, it takes 9 to 14 months at an absolute minimum, probably longer, simply because malpractice cases are expensive and complicated. There are lots of things that have to happen before you are even allowed to file a lawsuit. It takes an extremely long time to penalize cases. We’re required, under most circumstances, to hire professionals to evaluate the cases. An affidavit is needed that says there’s a reasonable prospect of a malpractice. That takes time, so 9 to 14 months is really a baseline to go to have the case prepared.
Once the case is filed, you can expect a couple of years in litigation on average. These are very complex cases. They’re very complicated cases. These are questions we handle at the very beginning in initial conferences with clients so that their expectations are set appropriately. These are not cases that are over and done with quickly in a couple of weeks. If you have suffered a loss due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, or a doctor, or hospital, call us. We’ll go over things and see how best we can help you.
Cost of a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Often in the initial conference with clients regarding a potential medical malpractice claim, we end up talking about fees. It’s a very unique conversation because the medical insurance industry back in 2004 passed a constitutional amendment that drastically reduced the attorney fees that we would be allowed to charge. The lawyers recognized it for what it was very quickly on both sides, the plaintiffs and the defendants. A waiver document was created simply because malpractice cases are complicated. They’re expensive. They’re time consuming. They’re labor intensive.
Lawyers who do this cannot function without the fees being back to historically percentages that the former Supreme Court laid out. It’s a scale of 30%, 40% and some other percentages in larger cases. The labor restores that to fees basically 30% and 40% and there are different percentages in other kinds of malpractice cases. That’s the attorney fee cost. There are litigation expenses, court costs, expenses of the case that can be pretty high that can end up in six figures and complicated cases, cases that go to trial, certainly will be in that range. Those are all good questions to be asking, questions that get answered at the initial conference. If you have a malpractice case in Duval County, Nassau County, or any of the surrounding areas, call us. We’ll sit down. We’ll go over this and a lot more. We’ll figure out a way to best help you.
Did you lose a loved one from the negligence of another in Florida and have questions about cost of a medical malpractice lawyer? Contact experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer at Paul Boone Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation and to learn more about these 3 medical malpractice tips.
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