Well, the short answer is that we do and you do. Initially our firm will advance all costs necessary to handle your case from initial investigation all the way through trial (if necessary). At the time of recovery, whether it’s through settlement or trial, then you pay us back out of the proceeds of your case.
As to the question of how much, litigation costs in a lawsuit can vary anywhere from a couple thousand dollars all the way up to a half a million dollars on some of the largest and most complex cases. Again, our firm will advance all costs no matter how much they may run. The reason costs vary from case to case have to do with the types of issues that are contested in your case, and the degree to which they are contested. For example, proving the defendants fault in some cases may require the use of expert consultants. The same is true for issues such as medical causation: is a particular medical condition directly related to your accident. Again, we often use highly qualified medical experts to help us with those issues.
We will spend whatever it takes to get the best recovery in your case, but we are always conscious of how much we are spending, and we don’t do it unless we know it’s going to benefit your case, and ultimately you.