Construction accident lawyers are paid a percentage of the recovery, regardless of whether the case is settled pre-trial or goes to verdict. In New York State, the law regulates and limits attorneys’ fees to one-third of the net recovery — and this number is even less in medical malpractice cases. It is important that you hire the most qualified, experienced, and credentialed attorney. The client will be charged the same percentage whether they hire a new attorney, a general practitioner, or one of New York’s top premier personal injury attorneys. Beware of attorneys who offer to reduce, discount, or cut their fee. The best attorneys — those that are most qualified, experienced, and credentialed — are in demand and do not do cut their fees. Be careful of an attorney who is willing to charge less. They may not have the financial resources, the time, or the money to prosecute your case. Instead, they may settle it for far less than you should get.
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The type of experience is crucial
Be certain that your lawyer has experience handling cases like yours, that the attorneys have proven track records, and that the firm has the staff and financial resources to not only take on the biggest and most powerful defendants and insurance companies, but also to win! Ask your personal injury lawyer if they have any testimonials from other clients who are similarly injured attesting to how the lawyer changed their life, made a difficult situation easier, and protected them and their families’ financial future. We have bound leather volumes of heartfelt testimonials in our reception area for your review.