The cost of medical negligence claims


I am frequently asked about the cost of medical negligence claims. The questions usually revolve around why so many people are suing doctors (they aren’t) and why these same people are driving up the cost of health insurance (they aren’t, either). Occasionally, someone will ask me why it is so hard to get an attorney to take their medical negligence claim. Yes, it is shockingly true, attorneys don’t want to take most medical negligence cases. A prominent Seattle firm notes that it represents about 1 in 50 of the potential clients that walk through its door. Why is that?

Well, one reason is the cost of litigation. While a run-of-the-mill auto accident case may cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to litigate, medical negligence costs may run in the hundreds of thousands. Take a look at the recent data from the Washington insurance commissioner. Not many people have the ability to spend that much money while facing high odds of losing at trial.