Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is paid on a contingency basis when handling a personal injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death claim. This means that you do not pay any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Our fees are based upon a percentage of your award or settlement. We typically advance any costs or expenses associated with investigating and prosecuting the claim or lawsuit. Only if we are successful and recover money will we be reimbursed for these costs. In other words, if we are not successful in recovering money, you owe nothing. So if you have a personal injury claim, you can afford our services.
In New York State, the law regulates and limits attorneys’ fees to one-third of the net recovery — and even less if it is a medical malpractice action. 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 NY’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.