My attorney called me 20 minutes before Stipulation Settlement conference to try to intimidate me to agree to sign the stip. I refused. He informed me to get a different lawyer. I assume he will put a lien on my case. At stip I represented myself. Judge agreed to give me time to obtain another attorney.
Complicated case. Almost 2 years in the works. Settlement agreed to pay me all of my indemnity claim but would forgo reimbursement of attorney's fees as well as any claims for penalties. One might think that seems reasonable. Give and take, right.
The problem is that I obtained e-mails (through the Minnesota Data Practice Act) between the employer's 3rd party administrator and the employer that show that the W.C. administrator most likely altered my doctors Report of Workability. The e-mails show the W.C. Admin. stating "what a joke" and "Ridiculous" referring to my doctors diagnosis of Acute Work Related. Twenty days later the W.C. Administrator filed the R.O.W. with the MN Dept of Labor and Industry.
I filed a complaint with the MN Dept of Commerce of fraud committed by the Work Comp Administrator. They did 2 investigation and closed the file. Through more data requests I found that they never even addressed the emails with the W.C. Admin.
I probably should have taken the settlement but i suspect if I did there could never be any accountability for this very large and successful Work Comp Administrator.
I guess my question are: Will it be difficult to obtain another attorney now that their is a lien on my case? Is there any other way to try to hold the W.C. Admin accountable for obvious fraud.
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Correction: 3rd paragraph, last sentence should say, Twenty days later the W.C. Administrator filed the R.O.W. WITHOUT Acute Work Related with the MN Dept of Labor and Industry.