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Is it Ethical to Pursue a Personal Injury Case?

Some people hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer because a lot of very powerful interests have spent an awful lot of time disparaging people who do it. After all, everyone’s heard the sneer about the hot cup of coffee.

Most people don’t realize McDonalds was keeping that coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, excessive temperatures leading to dangerous third-degree burns for any spill. Most people also don’t realize the plaintiff had been willing to settle for a much smaller amount than the jury awarded her, but that McDonald’s, a major, million dollar corporation, wouldn’t offer more than $800.

Personal injury lawsuits aren’t frivolous.

People pursue personal injury cases because they’ve been badly hurt. Sometimes those injuries are life-altering, stealing a person’s ability to work. In some cases, they steal a person’s ability to think, speak, or walk like they used to. In the most severe cases, the injury steals someone’s life.

You know how healthcare works in America, so you know any major injury is going to result in massive hospital bills. You know how quickly most people’s lives fall apart when they can’t bring in a regular paycheck.

Often, these cases are the only thing standing between a little guy, a big corporation, and financial ruin.

“Tort reformers” want you to believe anyone who pursues these cases is a liar and a whiner. But it’s probably wiser to be skeptical about the major corporations who don’t like paying even a single cent to anyone if they don’t have to.

Personal injury lawsuits are unlikely to make you rich.

Huge payouts make headlines, but keep in mind the plaintiff isn’t the only person getting that money.

Most is going to the medical professionals who helped them. If the insurance company went ahead and paid those professionals they might be entitled to portions of the payout too. Lawyers take a small percentage. What’s left may have to help you stay alive and keep your bills paid for the rest of your life.

Punitive damages can provide you with a nice windfall, but most people would rather have their health than the money.

Most personal injury cases settle for much smaller amounts than people think. When they’re enough to get plaintiffs back on their feet and get them what they need to live the lifestyles they enjoyed prior to the injury, it’s a win.

Personal injury lawsuits don’t happen without some form of negligence.

That’s the whole thrust behind personal injury law.

If you slip and fall, it’s because a property owner neglected their duty to keep the property in a safe condition.

If you are a pedestrian who has gotten hit by a car, it is because the driver neglected to obey certain traffic laws.

If you are injured in a construction accident it’s because someone failed to purchase safe materials, or because someone did not observe proper safety procedures.

The list goes on. You aren’t just getting a payout because you’ve been hurt. You are being made whole because someone has wronged you, even though they did not do it in a criminal or malicious way.

Don’t let the rhetoric of tort reformers stop you from exercising your legal rights. Schedule your free consultation today to find out how we can help you after someone’s negligence has gotten you hurt.



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David S. Leigh is a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer committed to helping those in the New York Metro area recover and find fair compensation after an accident or injury. 


David has helped my small business (photography) with several proposals and bid letters. He also took the time to explain the language of each letter. I would definitely use David again for all the legal needs of my business! William F Spencer
William Spencer
William Spencer
21:58 30 Aug 16
I worked with David while at the District Attorney's office. David is very knowledgeable in the law. David has outstanding attention to detail and the critical ability to see the big picture, then find and question the inconsistencies in the reports. This is a fundamental skill that makes a good criminal defense lawyer great. I highly recommend David.
Greg Green
Greg Green
20:27 07 Oct 15
David is a tireless advocate for his clients and a consummate professional with whom I've worked on a variety of legal matters. His character and integrity surely set him apart from many of his contemporaries. As colleague, I wholeheartedly recommend David to anyone seeking counsel in the NYC area.
Hari K. Singh
Hari K. Singh
13:32 05 Oct 15
David is a first-rate trial lawyer. Having had the opportunity to both watch him in trial and personally try a case with him, I can say that I would be glad to have him working with me on a case. His delivery is excellent, as is his ability to connect with a jury.
Bryce Allen
Bryce Allen
21:13 15 Nov 15
Knowledgable and great to work withI can't say enough good things about David. My husband needed his help with language for documents he'd need for his business. David was knowledgeable and told us exactly what we needed to hear. I can't think of anyone else I'd want to work with. The next time we need legal counsel, we're calling David.
Yahaira Castro
Yahaira Castro
14:41 28 Sep 15
I was looking for a personal injury lawyer and a friend of mine referred me to David. David is really smart and also great to work with. He really listens to you, works hard and he knows how to get results.
Lili Grossman
Lili Grossman
17:36 29 Oct 18
When my mother suffered back and shoulder injuries due to a car accident, Mr. Leigh went above and beyond to make sure she was rightfully compensated for her traumatic ordeal. He was tough with the insurance company yet very patient with my older mom, as he navigated her through these complex negotiations. He exemplifies what a personal injury attorney should be and we highly recommend him.
Max Patino
Max Patino
19:02 29 Oct 18
David is a top-notch lawyer who is very diligent in all that he does. He is not only a sharp legal mind, but actually has interpersonal skills that make him a caring advocate for his clients. I have had the privilege of working with David in private law practice and can easily say that few attorneys match him in personability, advocacy, verbal ability, and in-court and deposition strategy.
Samae Rohani
Samae Rohani
01:40 30 Oct 18
I was helping my cousin find an attorney and came across David's firm. We contacted him immediately and scheduled a consultation. He was very thorough and provided us with all the details we needed.
03:27 20 Dec 18
Thoughtful, knowledegable and a great attorney. I needed some legal advice and representation. He was everything you could ask for in a lawyer. David is top notch and I would highly recommend him.
Marisa Osorio
Marisa Osorio
21:24 26 Dec 18
David Leigh is a top notch attorney that I have worked with closely. He has integrity, excellent legal ability, and is able to obtain optimal results for his clients. I recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking for the highest level of representation.
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Stephanie Plana
22:02 18 Jan 19


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