• Would You Hire A Plumber To Fix Your Roof?
  • September 23, 2011 | Author: Marshall Neimark
  • Law Firm: Neimark & Neimark LLP - New City Office
  • The law is a strange thing.  What should be common sense is just the opposite when it comes to the laws of our State.  I have practiced personal injury law since the day I was admitted to the New York State Bar in January of 1998.  Over the past decade I can honestly say that I have learned nuances about personal injury law on weekly if not daily basis. 

    When discussing other types of law with my colleagues there are times when I feel that I am not even in the same profession as these other lawyers.  I would never pretend to know what I was doing when it comes to commercial litigation, employment law, matrimonial law, trusts and estates law, etc..  In fact, if a client of mine calls with questions regarding any type of law other than personal injury I will always refer them to someone qualified to help them.  I would not be comfortable taking a fee for legal work that I know in my heart I am not able to do properly.

    Unfortunately, there are many lawyers out there who do not practice personal injury law on any type of regular basis, but still take on cases in hopes of a quick payday.  As a lawyer - this leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I cannot even count the number of times a client has come to me or my office because they were unhappy with their previous attorneys. After being retained and reviewing the file from prior counsel, more often than not I find mistakes in the way the case has been handled.  We have an obligation to zealously represent our clients.  Yet, that obligation also requires lawyers to know what they are doing when representing a client. I ask myself, why do lawyers not familiar with personal injury law feel that they can properly represent injured victims of accidents?  The only answer I can come up with is the hope of making a quick buck.

    Over the years our office has been referred many clients by other attorneys.  My office will always work with these attorneys to represent the injured clients.  On more than one occasion we have been complimented for the work we do on behalf of our clients by the very lawyers who referred them to our office.  Just last week I received the following note from a referring attorney: 

    "I just wanted to say how much I appreciate you & the firms professionalism in these matters.  I have not had any client complain in any way and settlements like this one for ... surely contribute to that.  Again thanks for your help."

    Before you hire a lawyer make sure that he or she is qualified to fix that roof.