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    Default I Believe My Lawyer Sold Me Out

    My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Kentucky. I fell on ice at work hurt my side pulled some muscles had to take therapy I had an old injury from years back it's a herniated disc I think the fall has made it worse. I have Morgan an morgan as my attorney, Im going by what my attorney told me over a year ago he told me that I was looking at a settlement after attorney fees were took out that I would get about $6,500 out of my settlement since that I have not received one call or email or one letter from this firm when I call my calls are not returned, Is there anything I can do to have this investigated?
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    Paul Douglas Boggs
    Is there anything I can do to have this investigated?
    Sure, file a complaint with the Kentucky Bar Association.
    I would send this attorney a certified letter stating your concerns and intentions, if he still ignores you, file a complaint.

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    If you contact the State Bar in your state and tell them you are having trouble communicating with your lawyer, they will typically contact the lawyer and light a fire under him or her to get in touch with you. That is called the "client assistance" function of the State Bar. That does not rise to the level of a formal complaint, but it will get your lawyer's attention.

    Filing an actual complaint against the lawyer due to lack of communication will certainly ruin the relationship you have with this lawyer, and I doubt that any other lawyer in the community will be interested in representing you if they knew you filed a formal complaint against your previous lawyer. Lawyers are not required to take you on as a client, so keep that in mind.
    Last edited by complwyr; 12-02-2015 at 12:17 PM.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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    I have this same law firm and have the same problems. I attended an IME appointment today that has been scheduled for a few weeks, and after all the dr's I have seen, my attorney only sent one paper in the file to the IME dr. I had to leave the appointment, and drive all the way back home and hand deliver copies of the paperwork I had from my MRI and EMG. He could not finish the report without them. Then I came back home and attempted to call my Attorney again...( last time I talked to him was in July of 2015, and I have left him PLENTY of voicemails stating how important it was that I talk to him. STILL NOTHING). I was receiving ttd benefits and they totally stopped with no warning or notice from anyone....No notice in my file, nothing sent to the house, no phone call, and even the workers comp commission was not aware or even notified my payments have stopped. I looked online and it states that an expedited hearing should be asked for, so I called my Attorney's office again, but could only speak to a paralegal whom said she did not know anything and would have to e-mail my attorney about it and to have him get in contact with me. STILL NOTHING. Something needs to be done about this attorneys office because INJURED WORKERS CANNOT LIVE AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILES ON NOTHING!

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    All lawyers are not created equal. Some are better than others. Some are much, much, better than others. Choosing the best lawyer for your situation is incredibly important.

    Have you googled "settlement mill"? Did you find that enlightening?
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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