When Miguel Herrera was badly hurt in a car crash, he didn't have to look far for legal representation. Lawyer Jeffrey Hark appeared one day in his hospital room. Herrera says that in pain and under heavy medication, he signed a contingency fee agreement. It wasn't until much later, Herrera says, that he learned of Hark's conflict of interest: The other driver in the crash was Hark's wife's grandfather. However, a New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of Herrera's malpractice case.
Lawyer's Alleged 'Bedside Manner' Is Ground for Ethics Probe, Not Lawsuit
New Jersey Law Journal
May 10, 2007