I just spent a few days in Charleston, South Carolina. As always, I was mystified at all the different ways the hotel charged me for one room. There was of course the room charge (I was expecting that) but there were also daily parking fees, and taxes, taxes, taxes: state and city, a charge generically labeled “tax,” even a separate line-item for something called “tourism tax.” Beyond that, I tipped the bellman each time he touched my luggage, the barista for pouring my morning coffee, and the accommodating concierge who gave my family helpful maps of the city.
So let’s get it out of the way: everything in life costs money. A personal injury lawsuit is no different. It is expensive to bring a lawsuit, and it is extremely expensive to litigate a case through trial. Most times, an injury suit settles before trial, but even then there are costs that will have to be paid out of your negotiated settlement amount. Best to be educated about these costs up front and be prepared for them when your settlement approaches.