You think I'm getting my information from radio? As if my own experience and the experience of close colleagues counts for nothing. WTF? It is tough to take you seriously when 1st hand experience is discounted to musings of a talk radio guy.
In Los Angeles 50% is the going rate on a contingency fee in med malpractice. This information is readily available so your objection to prying into your income level is overruled.
....You are smart enough to understand that if the plaintiff doesnt win, the plaintiff's attorney dont get paid, right? We end up working for free.
That is the primary reason that med mal contingency fees are typically higher.
So, since there is a risk of the lawyer not getting a dime for hundreds or thousands of hours of work on a case. Is there any other profession that does the same?....
Yes, doctors routinely see people that have not a dime to pay...and that is a known up front. This is not a gamble where a physician may or may not get paid. The work is done. I will give you that many are ear, nose and throat visits. Some turn out to be difficult procedures and chronic illness treatment programs where referrals are made, and again, the work is done at no charge. I'm sure you've seen events such as this in your town:
All over America, General/Family practitioners see people without insurance or the means to pay every day of the week. Again, all this is a known, up front. Don't know about Vegas, but in Los Angeles there are approximately 1 million illegal aliens. How do they get healthcare? Yes, they cram the emergency room for immediate help. But for the chronic illnesses, they are seeing private doctors that are not compensated in any way whatsoever.
Have you heard of Smile Train, the no charge (that is free) cleft palate surgery? These surgeons are paid zero. All on their own time, and own dime, many times outside the U.S. in dangerous regions of the world. One doctor was kidnapped by FARC in Columbia.
Médecins Sans Frontières, heard of this organization? Doctors Without Borders. Surely you have.
Do yourself a favor and the next time you are in Memphis, visit St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Walk the campus and talk with staff and patients and see for yourself how giving good people can be. You will be humbled beyond words.
Didn't mean to get inot a pissing contest but...