Litigation costs and court fees vary widely.
Some claims settle without having to file a lawsuit. The costs involved in these claims are usually limited to the cost of obtaining medical bills and records ($.75 per page; set by state statute). Sometimes these costs also include the cost of obtaining a specially prepared report from a medical provider (commonly $500.00).
Some claims settle after filing a lawsuit but without having to prepare for a trial. The additional costs involved in settling these claims include the cost of filing the lawsuit in court ($360), the cost of paying a marshal to serve the lawsuit on the person who caused the accident (between $100-$500) and the cost of having a jury trial ($480).
Some claims settle after preparing for trial or after completing a trial. The costs involved in preparing for a trial and trying a case can be substantial. The additional costs may include the cost of hiring an expert witness, the cost of taking a person’s deposition, fees charged by expert witnesses to attend a deposition ( commonly at least $1,000), and subpoena fees. These costs can total thousands of dollars.
Statistics show that over 95% of car accident claims settle without having to start a trial or before a trials begins.
Generally speaking, the greater the costs of litigation, the greater the recovery.
Generally speaking, the total of litigation costs and court fees in a claim is much less than 1/3 of the recovery.