Q: Is it legal in ny for a private citizen to seek a investigation compensation from plaintiff 4 irrefutable video evidence
I'm a private citizen who's surfaced indisputable online video evidence against defendants sworn testimony in an active slip & fall tort lawsuit. I have more than 600+ hours of personal time performing online research for a planned lawsuit against the same named defendant for a matter that is completely non-related. This video evidence plus other supporting verifiable evidence was challenging to research and would have significant value in helping the plaintiffs counsel win its case; defendant is owner of private health insurance co.; medical expenses related to injury of spine currently at $100k+. Demonstrates false statements made by defendant. Seek $8k compensation for 53 hours of online public search @ $150 hr.
A: If I understand you correctly, you have evidence which would be of use to plaintiff's counsel in a lawsuit and want to get paid for the time you spent compiling such evidence. Although you can certainly speak with plaintiff's counsel to discuss your proposal, unless you were retained / hired by the attorney to conduct such research in the first place, he or she will not likely be inclined to compensate you for your time, especially if you are the plaintiff in the related lawsuit (in which case you should just turn the material over to your lawyer if you believe it will help your case).
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