Lawyer's Sloppiness May Have Screwed Up My Case...Recourse?
February 6, 2013 12:04 PM Subscribe
The lawyer I hired to negotiate a settlement for injuries suffered in an auto accident sent a letter to the other driver's insurance company that contained the name of another client copied and pasted into my letter, plus an incorrect and inflated amount of damages (possibly from the other client's case). Has this sloppiness jeopardized my case? What can I do about it? Bonus question: After pointing out these errors, the lawyer will not return my calls.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In case that's not enough detail, the injuries I suffered in the accident are fairly minor but permanent. The other driver was at fault and her insurance company accepted liability and offered a settlement of $22,000. I didn't think that was enough but couldn't get them to budge so I hired this attorney for a fixed fee ($1,000) to negotiate a better settlement. Unfortunately I did not make the attorney write down all the details of my arrangement with him, though I do have some e-mails from him discussing the case and a copy of the sloppy letter he sent to the insurance company.
I'd really like to be done with this, so hiring another lawyer to sue this one does not appeal to me even though he may have messed up my chances (which he previously said were pretty good) for a better settlement. Is there a way I could motivate him to refund what I paid for him so I can just move on? I am thinking about filing a complaint with the local or state Bar association, but don't know if that's effective or if mentioning it will sound like an extortion threat.