Lawyer insisted that I pay $3500 to retain him. Assured me that it would not cost that amount. He charged me $800 just to write a draft and filed the papers with misspelled names and information. He did not inform me that DSS would get involved s...
You certainly can ask. Whether the lawyer will agree depends very much on your retainer agreement and the specific circumstances of your case. Understand, when there is a fee dispute between an attorney and a client, the issue is not how good or bad the lawyer performed, but whether the fee is reasonable for the work claimed. Your fee agreement should have spelled out exactly what he would charge you for. And his bill should show you what it is he billed you and why.
I would begin by speaking with the attorney and addressing your concerns. Then, if you still feel that he is not adjusting the fee appropriately, and you believe his fee was inappropriate for the amount of work he claims, you can look into filing a fee dispute. https://www.ncbar.gov/public/alternatives.aspSee question
I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning he told me that my one tooth was bad and had to be removed when he did that he found out that it was attached to a bridge he sought off the tooth and then pulled it when I got home I realized that my b...
There are few lawyers who take dental malpractice cases. The problem is that even in cases of relatively clear malpractice, the cost of the case exceeds the value of the claim. My suggestion is that you go on Google and do a specific search for "dental malpractice allentown" and see if you can find attorneys who specifically focus on this area. Perhaps one will be able to assist you.See question
I was pregnant with my son and I fully believe my doctor was negligent and didn't care about me or my son. Finally, I think I have proof that could be used in a lawsuit. My stillbirth was due to placental abruption. After my son was stillborn in S...
I am sorry. I cannot begin to imagine your grief and pain.
As others have stated, it is impossible for us to tell you whether you have a case here. What we can tell you is that it is certainly worth your time to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer in your area to determine if there is something here worth pursuing, as far as a lawsuit for negligence.
Doctors are required to properly monitor their patients, both mother and fetus, and if your doctor failed to do so, which lead to the loss of your baby, then you might well have a case.
I suggest you do a search here on Avvo, find someone who handles medical malpractice cases. Then look at that lawyer's website and make certain they have a history of handling child injury cases such as yours.
Nothing any of us say will reverse your loss. But I truly am very sorry to hear about what happened.See question
I had lower back surgery in 2010 in which a titanium screw broke in my lower back! I had lower back surgery again in 2015 and the doctor tried to remove it but only could get half out because the other half was imbedded in the bone! Should titaniu...
I am sorry you find yourself in this situation.
I cannot tell you whether you have a malpractice case at this point, but what I can say is that you have a very limited amount of time to file suit if there is a viable claim. The statute of limitations in PA is two years from the point of injury, or sometimes, the point of discovery of the malpractice. If you reasonably discovered the malpractice in 2015, you would have 2 years from that date to file suit. Given we are already in 2017, this means it is important you speak to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to protect yourself if you do have a solid claim.
It is important that you understand that medical malpractice suits are among the most difficult kind of lawsuits to prove. As a result, it can be challenging to connect a violation of the medical standard of care directly to whatever damages you may be suffering.
What I suggest is that you contact a medical malpractice lawyer here in Pennsylvania quickly, so they can discuss what happened, and if appropriate, review your records for a potential claim. If the lawyer believes you have a claim, they will send your records out to another doctor for review.
I cannot imagine how much you must be suffering right now. I hope that you can obtain the medical care you need to resolve your symptoms.See question
Have to move while not having a job going through emotional stress and sadness of his passing. Want me out by end of May 2017. I have no money, no job (depended on him financially and emotionally and he was going through a lot of medical iss...
I am very sorry for you loss. Unfortunately, in order to sue for wrongful death, assuming your companion died due to another party's negligence, you must have a certain type of legal relationship. In Pennsylvania, that does not generally include live in companions. There is something called negligent infliction of emotional distress, but that has very specific requirements as well. It certainly would not hurt for you to make a call to a lawyer, explain the circumstances, and see if you have any basis for a suit, but it is unlikely.
I would agree with my colleagues that your best bet is to contact social services for help. Perhaps see if you qualify for welfare, Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. The difference between the two SSD and SSI, comes from your own work history. You may find more information on the SSA website, here: https://www.ssa.gov/disability/
I am sorry for your loss and the situation in which you find yourself.See question
He was incarcerated for several months, and was refused medical attention the last month, was only given tylenol. On the day they finally took him to hospital, they said he was feeling better and returned him same day to jail. The next day he fell...
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Your son may have a case, but the only way to know for sure, is to speak to the correct kind of lawyers. In this case, you need a combination of medical malpractice and civil rights. People who are incarcerated do have rights to adequate medical care. The best way to know if your ex husband received that care, is to have a lawyer review the records with the help of a doctor who practices in the same area. I found this article helpful, and I think you might as well. http://civilrights.findlaw.com/other-constitutional-rights/rights-of-inmates.html
Again, I am sorry for your loss. I wish you and your son the best.See question
Hired a lawyer/law firm to represent me. They told me I was fired, and since I have never hired a lawyer before, I did not know a lawyer can not just "fire" you. They told me to never come back to their office, they kept my papers, and sent me a...
If you were in suit, the lawyer has to seek permission of the court by filing a motion. You are provided with a right to defend the motion, though it normally will be granted. If they failed to do so, that is a problem. There are various rules depending on what state and/or if you were in federal court.
An attorney client relationship may be formed without a fee agreement or engagement letter, based on the conduct of the law firm and the expectations it puts in the client's mind. Certainly, if the lawyer put the case in suit, then he was your lawyer. However, if you never hired him or gave him permission to go forward, that is an issue too.
This sounds like a very messy situation, if you can, I suggest you seek another lawyer to review all of the documents for you so you can figure out what happened. You also might want to look into filing an ethics complaint against the lawyer, if that lawyer tells you that there were problems. https://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/grievance/complaints.shtmlSee question
My current lawyer made an agreement with the defense to do discovery in phases and discovery closes soon but he won't ask the other side to get an extension for this part of the phase. The part of the phase is the most important, and if they dont ...
Lawyers are obligated to protect their client's cases. Even if he is upset with you, that does not mean he can put you in a situation where your case is destroyed.
The best solution is to find a lawyer asap and to ask that lawyer to seek an extension. That way you don't have to deal with this first lawyer. But if you find yourself very close to the deadline, you might want to write a certified letter to the attorney reminding him that he is responsible for managing your case. If time is close and he continues to refuse to respond, you might file an ethics complaint against him. Failure to communicate timely is an ethics violation. http://www.iowabar.org/?page=EthicalProblemsSee question
My fiance works for a company that made a decision this particular lawyer is unhappy with. My fiance had no say in this decision, and I have no ties to the company. If he calls me (as he threatened to do), can I sue him for stalking (getting my na...
If someone calls you once or twice, that isn't stalking. If you tell him, don't call me again, and he keeps calling you, that could eventually become stalking. If he does continue to call, you might want to send him a letter stating that you do not want to be contacted again. Then, if he keeps bothering you, you might want to file an ethics complaint against him. While the police might not want to get involved based on a few phone calls, the disciplinary board might. But, unless you have already told him not to call you, you will need to tell him not to and then he will need to contact you again, before the disciplinary board would be interested. One call, in and of itself, is simply not enough.
So, if he calls, just say, don't call me again. Then see what happens.See question
I hired an attorney to represent me for a custody and child support case. I gave the attorney a $9,500 retainer. Within three months my attorney requested that I replenish the retainer account. I reviewed his bill, he charged me $600 for phone cal...
The fact that your case was thrown out is not a basis for a refund, no. In family law, you are charged based on your fee agreement. The first step then is to review your fee agreement and see what it states as far as hourly fees and minimum charges. Most lawyers who bill by the hour charge a minimum of 6 minutes at a time and sometimes more. This means that even a short task would get you billed for that minimum time period.
If your lawyer charges, for example, $300 per hour, and was on the phone for 2 hours, it makes sense that he would charge you $600 for phone calls. If your lawyer had a mixture of short and long calls, it would be easy to get to $600.
When the lawyer hand delivered the motion, it is rather likely that the fee included writing the motion and/or arguing it. The explanation should show you this, if not, best to ask.
If you believe the fee was unreasonable based on the fee agreement (not the result), I suggest you send a certified letter explaining why you believe it was unreasonable. If the lawyer does not agree to a refund or deduction, you can accept the decision, or go with a fee dispute. http://www.msba.org/departments/administration/fee-disputes.aspx
Understand though, all a fee dispute does is look at whether the fee was reasonable. Again, it will not look into the final result of the case.See question