One of the lawyers I once worked for took on really agonizing cases, the kind of cases I think few lawyers would wade into, for several reasons. The specific laws and precedence did not suggest a good outcome, and even an unlikely win would not mean much compensation for either the lawyer or the client.
One such area of law was prisoners’ rights. Awful and wrongful things can happen to people in prison, without any consequence for the prison or its personnel.
However, the State of New York just settled one of these cases for a lot of money — $3.5 million. It was a contingency case; the legal fees will be around one-third of that amount.
I find it too painful to describe more fully. You can read the article, if you have a cooler heart than I do.