Expert Witness Fees: What to Expect in a Medical Malpractice Claim December 19, 2012.

Expert witness fees can be expensive, but an expert’s testimony is generally required in a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.

How Expert Witness Fees are Determined

Expert witness fees can vary but are usually based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Professional experience. Typically, a medical professional with almost 40 years of clinical experience is going to charge more than one who’s only been practicing for five.
  • Courtroom experience. Doctors with extensive courtroom experience may charge a higher rate. Medical professionals looking to break into the role of medical expert may be able to offer you a lower rate.
  • Time required. An expert‘s rate also depends on how much time he or she will need to spend on your case.
  • Location. Typically, a local expert witness is going to be more affordable than one from out of town or out of state; however, doctors rarely like to testify against colleagues, friends, and former classmates. If your attorney hires an expert who practices outside of Ohio, you will have to pay hotel and transportation expenses if that person is required to come to Cleveland for trial.