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Posted by Wonda
I have no problem with paying attorney fees. I do have a problem with attorneys who ask for a retainer or a percentage beforehand, then doesn’t do the work. I was in a horrible wreck nine months ago. I ended up with Christopher Keith because a friend had a family member working for his firm,. I was in the hospital a total of 44 days (three separate stays) and a rehab facility 77 days (two separate stays). What I did not know, but what they knew from day one is that the maximum amount the other driver’s insurance company would have to pay is $25,000. For me it was never about the money because the pain, the surgeries, having a foot/ankle put back together again with a lot of small pieces (like cartilage) missing, there is no amount of money that could pay for that. I did want to protect myself from out-of-pocket medical expenses I was afraid would run into six figures. If I had only known then what I know now. It turns out I really did not need an attorney, and I owed less in unpaid bills than what I contracted to pay Mr. Keith.
$25,000 is not a lot of money, but to them it meant $8,333.33 with very, very little work involved. So I was put on the back burner. My Case Manager did not bother to come up with anything more original than “We are working on it.” Month after month, no matter what, “We are working on it.” But they were not working on it. I kept sending messages about my part of the debt incurred due to the wreck. I kept getting so many threatening letters and phone calls telling me there were about to go into collections. I said it would be nice if they didn’t go into collections. They went into collections. So now my credit score is affected. Something else that I will have to take care of that didn’t have to happen. (Again, if I had only known. I could have reached a settlement, paid all unpaid bills for less than what I contracted to pay Mr. Keith and the bills would have not gone into collections.)
I finally got so fed up, I fired them knowing they would put a lien on the settlement anyway. (They are still determined to get their easy money.) But it does give me the opportunity to tell them and the rest of the world what a poor excuse of a job they have done. Also, in doing some back pedaling, in the same letter where they told me they were putting a lien on the settlement, they also said the other driver’s insurance company had made a settlement offer of $25,000. They reminded me that their firm had informed me of this. To which I replied, “No, Sorry, no one had ever informed me that a settlement offer had been made.”
This is something that could have been settled to both of our benefits months ago. The matter of the unpaid medical bills would have been taken care of and Mr. Keith would have gotten the money contracted for. It would have been nice if Mr. Keith had worked as diligently on my case as he will to keep this easy money. And yes, I am being charged $888.27 for expenses. I don’t know why, I was never informed of any expenses and I certainly never approved any expenses.
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