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I was involved in an automobile accident. The other driver

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I was involved in an automobile accident. The other driver was at fault. I was working part time and had no insurance. I hired an attorney. When I completed rehab, and all my medical records had been released to my attorney he then sent the information to the other drivers insurance company. He called me about three weeks later and said we had received an offer to settle. He said he was 'amazed' at how much they had offered, since I had only done about a month of rehab. I asked him how much was the offer. He told me how much I would receive, how much he would get and all my bills would be paid. Again I asked him how much the check was for, and he told me he didn't have that information, he had only received a verbal offer from the other insurance company. I told him not signing until I saw everything. When I got there, he told me 'he had convinced the other insurance company to give me an 'extra' $2000.00 .Monies were for me, him and medical bills in Feb.2010. He didnt pay medical.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Personal Injury Law
Expert:  JD replied 5 years ago.

The answer to your question is that hospitals and medical providers will send a notice of lien for medical bills to most everyone filing a personal injury lawsuit. They have a subrogation right in most cases to recover their charges (or a substantial portion thereof). You need to send the hospital a copy of your disbursement sheet and the settlement agreement to show that if any money has not been paid it is the fault of the attorney. You are right to consider a disciplinary complaint against the attorney if these monies were mishandled. You may also need to refer the matter to the local authorities... theft is theft.


It is very strange that your attorney couldn't give you a full settlement amount figure. You need to review the settlement agreement, the satisfaction and release of liability, and the disbursement sheet to verify they agree as to amounts. However, this could be a simple paperwork issue that may end up resolved once your attorney gets his file. Stay on top of this matter and keep everything in writing.


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