Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 318
"Communication with a Lawyer Who Wants to Cut Your Fee on a Settlement"
Sample language for an e-mail after a lawyer wants to reduce your fee upon settlement:
Dear Mr. Lawyer,
It is my office policy to accept the full amount of the outstanding balance, should it not exceed 1/3 of my patient's settlement and I understand that you have already settled with the defense. The amount payable is $x,xxx unless you can verify, through copies of settlement and disbursement verification, that this amount exceeds 1/3 of the settlement. There is no room for negotiation beyond my policy.
I trust that in the future we will have many other common cases and I know that we both want to have guidelines to work within so that this does not have to be a confrontational process. Thank you.
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP