What are the costs of litigation?
Most clients do understand that the costs to litigate a case are ultimately the responsibility of the client. This means that even if we advance the cost to file your suit, take depositions, pay for doctors and other experts to testify, and pay for all the other costs associated with litigation, the client will have to pay for these costs once the case is resolved. At times, these costs can be very high, although usually they are reimbursed upon resolution of the case. In a very recent federal case involving an excessive force claim against a police officer, we incurred about $20,000.00 in advanced costs to take depositions and pay for experts. Remember, the costs associated with these cases are not attorney’s fees. They are separate and in addition to attorney’s fees.
If you win your case, then in many situations, the other side will pay for your costs to litigate but this is not guaranteed. If your case is worth $20,000 then it is not wise to spend $20,000 to litigate. Careful consideration should be given to the last offers from the other side before trying your case before a jury.
At Riddle & Brantley, LLP, we will give you legal advice based on years of experience in trying and settling cases. Litigating your case may be the solution for you or it may be your only choice, but we will offer you an honest evaluation of your options and try to help you select the best choice.