On May 6, 2020, Thomson Rogers partner Stacey Stevens discussed “The lessons of cost management in a $5 million case” with David Kitai of the Law Times.
Stevens discusses Cheesman et al. v. Credit Valley Hospital et al., 2020 ONSC 1729 and says the case demonstrates the cost challenges personal injury lawyers face in cases that require expensive expert testimony where individuals are pitted against insurance companies with deep pockets.
“Cost can get away from you very quickly,” Stevens says. “Especially when we’re talking about medical malpractice or [other] complex personal injury cases where you’ve got a battle of the experts. That’s the worst, because I get an expert report, and you get one, and now I’ve got to get one to respond to you…It’s literally never ending. There’s always that concern around where you draw the line.”
Stevens continues to say that these expert testimonies can grow more expensive as pieces of expert evidence often raise new issues, which need to be addressed by the opposing side, requiring, in turn, a new piece of costly expert evidence. She says that personal injury lawyers need to ask what the value of that new evidence will be before buying in to another expert.
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