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Your son may have an action against her for fraud and breach of contract
in regard to the $11,000. Since she took money from Cigna for services she did not render she may also have committed insurance
fraud against Cigna, which is a serious crime.
Your son can bring the action for the $11,000.00 and report her to Cigna regarding the fraud against them. You are over the Small Claims
Court limit in Arizona, which is only $2,500.00. So if you are going to sue you will need to hire an attorney.
I understand the desire to try to initially handle this yourself, but the potential criminal issues against the care giver make pursuing this a little tricky. You want someone who can navigate the process for you.
Because of the delayed care, and other consequential damages your son may have experienced as a result of the caregiver's actions, there may be damages that can be claimed in excess of the $11,000.00. When you meet with a local attorney discuss with them the potential for an emotional distress claim in addition tot he fraud and breach of contract claim. You likely need something in order to make the claim affordable to litigate. Even though $11,000 is a lot of money, the costs to litigate for it may be prohibitive to you.
Most attorneys will meet with you to review and assess your situation at little or no cost. A personal injury
attorney may be the best place to start because you need someone who can pursue all the issues. The following link may help you find a local attorney to assist you:
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