Most cases at $25,000 and above require additional approval from Medi-Care. They don't want you to settle out your future medical care for cash and then turn to them to pay the bills. Settlements under $25,000 don't require this pre-approval. Getting Medi-Care to approve can take months to over a year. It is sometimes worth it to give up a little bit of cash to get the case settled now and get your money.
it is complex to rate a case. It's as much art as science. But, like anything else, if you've rated 5,000 cases, it gets a lot easier to do. Once the case is rated, and different raters will often rate a report differently, it only takes a few minutes to exchange rating formulas and figure out where the two may differ.
25k is a magic number only when settling cases that have a component of social security disability. What you describe/overheard (without knowing the facts of those cases) sounds like a coincendence. Not all those people had social security disability issues. Also, no attorney is settling a case for that amount if a higher amount is warranted. It is malpractice and a Judge double checks to make sure the settlement is appropriate. Remember we get paid based on how much we get for our clients. The more we get the more the fee. Regarding another DA showing up, that's not unusual at all. Your suspicions are unwarranted. Regarding the rating, we take classes to learn how to rate. They are complicated and the level of complication depends on the case. After we rate it, we are able to convey to our clients the work up we did. Regarding your feelings about your attorneys lack of interest, who knows. Your attorney came to the hearing. Spoke to you. If you don't like your relationship you can get a second opinion.