You have two primary recourses against the attorney, as follows:
1) You can sue the attorney for malpractice based on him failing to file your dog attack case and dropping the ball on the other case causing it to be dismissed. You could also sue for his failure to distribute the funds from your settlement in a timely manner, as he is required to do under law.
That said, it is difficult to get another attorney interested in taking a malpractice case against another. Although if you are able to find an attorney who would be willing to take the case, it is generally the type of case that would be taken on contingency, meaning that you would not have to pay anything upfront and would only have to compensate the attorney if you receive a settlement or a verdict
in your favor.
You can look for an attorney at one of the websites here:
You can file a complaint with the Michigan bar for violations of the rules of professional conduct for the attorney not distributing settlement funds to you in a timely manner and for his negligence in failing to file suit on your case for two and a half years and causing it to be dismissed by the judge.
You could do so using the information available online here, filing a ‘request for investigation’:
One of the remedies they can provide is to order the attorney to pay you the settlement funds immediately, as well as to force him to repay attorney’s fees, etc. to you.
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