Personal Injury Attorney Settles Case With Expenses Greater Than The Recovery-Client Nets Zero

Today, a Federal Court Judge in Manhattan denied an attorney's motion to dismiss a legal malpractice action filed against him by a very disgruntled client. The client was injured by a garbage compactor,during the course of his job. He received workers compensation benefits which included lost wages and medical expenses in the sum of $232,000. The law is clear that at least two-thirds of that sum must be repaid out of any settlement recovered in a personal injury action. The attorney settled the case for $52,000. The net result stinks--the attorney would receive a legal fee of approximately $17,000, the worker's compensation carrier would get approximately $35,000 - but - the client gets nothing?

The client contended that when he agreed to the $52,000 settlement his lawyer had not explained that he would not receive a penny. The attorney claimed that the legal malpractice case should be dismissed because the client agreed to the settlement. Whose version of the attorney - client conversation authorizing the settlement is dubious? What in the world would motivate any sane client to give up their right to a trial, if the proposed settlement resulted in everyone getting paid except him?

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts " and "Top New York Settlements." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He was a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!


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