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let's try this another way. How much did you earn per year in your last year of employment?
I understand your position, I am asking these questions to determine a lawyer's position on whether the case is worth taking or not. Your question was why can't you get help? The reason is because of the value of the case. I understand that to you the case is worth a great deal, and it may in fact be. But we lawyers look at potential cases via a cost-benefit analysis.
If you were earning $185 per week, this to a lawyer means you have limited earning potential and the value of your disability is based on your earnings. For example, if a multi-million dollar athlete becomes disabled, that disability is in turn worth millions (the millions that that the athlete would have earned but for the disability). On the other hand, if one is making substantially less than that, their claim is necessarily worth substantially less because their earning potential is substantially less.
The best way to handle this case is pro se and if you get past summary judgement, then seek to hire an attorney because at lease at that point you would be able to show that the case has some merit that is recognized by the judiciary. Right now no attorney wants to invest in the case because their perception is that the case is a "dog" which in legal jargon means the case will cost more to try than it is worth and ultimately the attorney would lose money on it.
I was/am under the impression I could only proceed pro se on a civil matter in small claims court - is that not correct?
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