First posted August 19, 2009 Last updated April 20, 2016
Expert Witness Fee and Payment Policy
Hourly rate for consultation or chart review: $700/hour. Trial testimony: flat rate is $7000 per day. Travel time payment is by arrangement. There is a two hour minimum retainer for chart review or to retain Dr. Nelson for expert testimony, unless arranged otherwise at the time of retaining Dr. Nelson. This amount will be kept on file for your account until the case is closed and will be refunded to you. We ask that services be paid as they are provided. Dr. Nelson does most hand surgery, but is most often called in cases of distal radius fracture, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and hand or finger fractures.
Scheduling Appointments Please reserve the amount of time that you feel you need for the appointment or consultation. Dr. Nelson reserves the right to schedule any time not reserved. It is recommended to confirm the appointment by fax, to document both time and the fact of arranging the appointment. I am aware that it is never known if a case will have a courtroom until the day the trial is to start, but I need to honor my commitments to my patients. It costs me significant goodwill if I have to cancel surgery or patient appointments that have previously made; please plan ahead. If I am required to cancel my commitment to my patients, the charge per hour goes to $1400/hour and $10,000 per day to compensate me for loss of goodwill.
Payment and Cancellation Terms Fees are based on the time involved. All time is portal-to-portal, including traveling and waiting time. Cancellation must be confirmed by a fax, to document both time and the fact of cancellation.
Payment of the retainer must be received in full within 5 days of making the appointment (not the date of the appointment itself). This is negotiable at the time of scheduling. If a waiver is not specifically agreed to in writing, payment is due within 5 days of making the appointment. If payment is not received within 5 days, we reserve the right to cancel the scheduled time.
Cancellation - more than 2 weeks in advance - full refund.
Cancellation - 1-2 weeks in advance - Two-thirds of the fee will be refunded.
Cancellation - less than one week’s notice - No refund.
The exception to this is scheduling any time on a Wednessay or Friday, our normal operating days. It is very difficult to schedule operative cases with less than 3 weeks advance notice. Please try not to schedule consultations on Wednesdays or Fridays. If you need to, please note that there will be no refund if cancelled within 3 weeks of the date scheduled.
Any additional expenses, including transportation, meals, lodging, etc, will be billed at cost and receipts provided.
Accounts are past due if not paid within 30 days. Accounts that are past due by 60 days are subject to a 10% increase, together with interest at the rate of 7% per annum retroactive to the date of the bill. The client is responsible for any and all expenses involved in the collection process. These fees and policy may change without notice.