Jackpot: Lawyers receive more than the victim in a malpractice win
“Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson approved a settlement payout that gives her lawyers more money than her family.

Under its terms, the family would receive about $4.6 million. The lawyers, from Leesfield Leighton & Rubio of Miami, would receive more than $5 million.” (via Common Good)

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  • Carsten

    CuriousJD,

    Is this one of your “non-problems” with the legal system? I’d like to hear your take.

  • Editor. medicalspasonline.com

    Having been baffled at times by the deep seeted anger that becomes apparent when physicians start talking about insurance companies and malpractice lawyers, it’s now become clear why all docs want to start a cosmetic practice.

  • Editor. medicalspasonline.com

    “seated” sorry.

  • Curious JD

    How much was the family offered before they had lawyers? That information would tell you the value of having an attorney. How many hours did the lawyers have in the case? How much of a risk did they take in expending their own money up front?

    Since I (and you Carsten) don’t know what the expenses were, we don’t know how much their fee was. Nor do we know the answers to any of the other questions, so we can’t say whether it was a well earned fee or not.

    It seems the parents were happy. How else would you propose they pay for their attorneys if not contingency fee? If you were the victim, could you pay an hourly rate plus expert fees plus all your other regular bills?

  • Anonymous

    lol @ CuriousJD defending the fact that the attorneys made out better than the victims they purport to “help.”

    Typical JD. Tell me, JD, did Dickie Scruggs deserve to make $1 BILLION for the tobacco lawsuits while the thousands of victims of cancer and emphysema received a comparative pittance? Oh, wait, we can’t KNOW whether Scruggs deserved his $1 billion (yes, one BILLION dollars– read it again) fee, since we are not privy to the “details of the case.”

    What a joke.

  • Anonymous

    lol @ CuriousJD defending the fact that the attorneys made out better than the victims that they purport to “help.” Oh, wait– we can’t KNOW whether the lawyers deserved more than the victim because we weren’t privy to the details of the case. Right…

    Tell me, JD, was Dickie Scruggs entitled to his $1 BILLION from the tobacco settlements while the thousands of victims of cancer and emphysema represented in the suit walked away with a relative pittance? I mean, perhaps Scruggs’ expert witnesses cost, oh, $400M (highly unlikely), or maybe he fronted $400M of his own money to bring the suit (highly unlikely), or perhaps his actual hourly costs ended up exceeding $600M (highly unlikely, but you never know with the way lawyers bill). $1 billion, one man. Meanwhile, thousands of victims get $10-15K apiece.

    Thanks God for lawyers like Scruggs and their double-talking enablers like CuriousJD! I mean, hey, we can’t KNOW whether one man was worth a $1 billion fee, since we weren’t privy to the details of the case. This is the logic CuriousJD would have us swallow. Thanks, but I, along with sensible people the world over, will pass.

  • Anonymous

    sorry, double-post– the board was wacky for a minute there.

  • Trauma

    Is this true. If im in his/her case i would do it family come first before anyone else.