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How to find the right personal injury lawyer.

Recently I’ve had many clients coming to me because they were unhappy with their legal representation. When I inquired how they found their lawyer, it was troublesome hearing their stories. Some were contacted while still recovering in the hospital bed, some were walked by their doctors to a nearby law office, and some were given business cards by workers at hospitals.

There are ethical laws prohibiting lawyers or their agents from soliciting clients while in the hospital. I recommend that all people stay away from these predatory lawyers. There are many ways to find a good personal injury attorney. However, the worst way to find an attorney is when the attorney finds you, lying in the hospital, handing you a retainer to sign, and promising a large settlement.

You should also be careful of unions who endorse certain personal injury lawyers on their members. If attorneys are paying monies to the union for each personal injury case signed up, this is not ethical. You have to decide for yourself whether the attorney is honest and experienced, not your union.

I have also had clients who came to me because there lawyer immediately referred them out to another law firm. I explained that these types of law firms advertise they practice personal injury litigation, but in reality refer all their cases to other law firms for a percentage of the fee. These attorneys are like brokers or telemarketers who pay large sums of money on full page advertising in different media to entice clients. They advertise large verdicts even though many have never tried a case.

To avoid these brokers, always make sure the lawyer has a website that shows when they graduated from law school, the partners and employees of the firm, and their actual trial experience. As a general rule, if the lawyer has not been practicing for at least 10 years in personal injury law and has not tried at least 10 cases to verdict, you are better off finding a more experienced personal injury attorney. With a less experienced personal injury attorney, you risk the lawyer settling the case for much less than it’s worth, referring the case to a more experienced lawyer you never chose, or dropping the case after years have passed. Also check that the firm has a New York phone number and New York office location on their advertising for any case you intend to bring in New York State.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is just as important as choosing the right doctor if injured in an accident. Many law firms will not take a case once another lawyer has handled the matter for a significant period of time, so it is especially important to initially choose carefully. Look for the best in all respects and not just the most convenient.

At BBNR, you can call anytime for a free consultation. We speak Polish, Russian, and Spanish, and never refer cases out. We also handle all our own appeals.

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Construction Accident


$1.7 million verdict in New York County against the driver of a delivery truck who struck a man as he was crossing the street within the crosswalk in Manhattan.

Motor Vehicle Accident


$3.6 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a Spanish speaking construction worker who fell off a 6 foot ladder and landed onto metal and wooden debris. The worker required lumbar spinal surgery for his injuries and needed surgeries to both knees from the fall. The worker could not return to work and suffered depression from his injuries resulting in a suicide attempt.

Construction Accident


$3.2 million verdict in Queens Supreme Court for an undocumented Polish speaking construction worker who fell 12 feet during a demolition project. The worker fractured a vertebrae and herniated several discs in his spine requiring surgery. The plaintiff was unable to return back to work due to his injuries.

Motor Vehicle Accident


$1.5 million verdict in Supreme Court Kings County for a woman struck by a car that jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian while standing on the sidewalk across from Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Slip And Fall Accident


$1.9 million verdict in New York Supreme Court for a bank manager who slipped and fell on a wet floor, resulting in spinal injuries. The building owner knew about a recurring leak inside the basement cafeteria but failed to correct the problem.

Construction Accident


$2 million settlement in Queens Supreme Court for Polish construction worker who fell 2 stories from a bucket. The worker’s supervisor told the construction worker to ride the material bucket down to use the bathroom because it would save time. The worker fractured his pelvis in several places requiring surgery and was unable to return to work.

Medical Malpractice


Defense counsel offers 11 cents to settle before trial and the jury renders a verdict of $4.5 million dollars for a medical malpractice victim and his wife. The action was commenced in New York Supreme Court for a patient who suffered massive internal bleeding during a lower back surgery when the surgeon negligently cut an artery and failed to promptly treat the condition, causing a loss of oxygen and injury to the brain. The anesthesiologist failed to properly monitor the patient’s vitals during the surgery and alert the surgeon of the drop in blood pressure.



$1.25 million settlement in New York Supreme Court against building owner for negligent security that caused two women to be assaulted while leaving work. A masked man entered their elevator from a floor that was supposed to be closed off for construction. The assailant used a metal pipe to attack the two women. The two women split the settlement monies.

Construction Accident


$1.5 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a construction worker who was struck by a piece of concrete that fell on his head and back. Workers above were chipping concrete despite knowing that people were working directly below them. The plaintiff required surgery on his neck but made a good recovery.

Medical Malpractice


$3.9 million settlement in Supreme Court Kings County for a Brooklyn man who suffered a stroke shortly following an eye surgery. The patient was given medical clearance for local anesthesia but instead was placed under general anesthesia for 7 hours. The patient’s blood pressure was not well controlled resulting in a 30 minute hypertensive emergency near the end of the operation. The patient died after 7 years of living in different nursing homes.

Slip, Trip and Fall, New York


$1.4 Million settlement for Queens Hispanic woman who slipped and fell on ice walking out the door of her rented basement apartment.


    I did not think myself that we will win this difficult matter and become victorious, especially after being rejected by numerous other attorneys…but your professionalism Brett, dedication and determination, not to mention a huge heart, was how we prevailed


    When I brought my situation to a local attorney he directed me to Brett Nomberg, and I’m so glad he did. Someone always was able to give me a status of what was going on. Your team made my wife and I realize we were dealing with a truly professional firm and at the same time, sympathetic to our needs. Great job. Excellent Customer Service.


    I want to thank you for all the help and support that was given to my parents by you and your colleagues. Your firm’s time, effort and dedication, is without question second to none and this led to a successful settlement


    We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful representation you provided and for believing in our case. It was very vindicating to have a judge and jury decide in our favor.


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