I was injured on 2/17/17. I had a court date scheduled last late fall. My lawyer canc feeling we were not ready. Shortly after that my doctor said I reached my MMI. My dr also said if he was aware of a court date he would of pushed that MMI up before that. My doctor spoke with my lawyer before the court date to get an update and the lawyer said nothing of the court date. So he was unaware of it. My new court date now is 1/19.
I am still on part time hours from my doctor. My employer is possible going to demote me because they keep claiming I am always frustrated & have no assistance for me. I tell my current lawyer. He just keeps laughing and saying they can do whatever they want. They do not care about you. I keep asking my lawyer that is he not suppose to help me by protecting my rights as an employee. He said it will not matter. The area where I was injured, is still the same. I asked my lawyer if he could contact osha or somebody regarding it. He just again laughed. Said nothing would not be done. Then there are results with DR he does not respond to. Maybe I am asking to much. & The list continues. So idk if I need to switch or what
If you do not think that your lawyer is adequately representing you, I recommend that you schedule an appointment with him / her (do not randomly call him / her expecting an immediate status update) to discuss the concerns that you have with your case. If, after the meeting, you are not satisfied by your lawyer's response, you should terminate him / her and retain a new attorney. However, keep in mind that you will likely owe your discharged lawyer: (1) a fee for the time that he / she has expended on the case to date; and (2) any litigation expenses he / she has incurred to date.
I started handling Iowa work comp cases in the mid 1980s. What you are saying could very well be a misperception. Call your lawyer and set up an in person conference and get it on the table. I think this is a miscommunication. Good luck.
No attorney/client relationship exists until a fee agreement is signed. This is legal information not legal advice. Marlon Mormann, Atty. 515 710 0902
I have been practicing comp law a long time too, and I think Mr. Mormann is probably right. Among other things in your post, the idea that a doctor would “push up” your MMI date for non-medical reasons does not sound quite right. Go in and talk all this over with your lawyer before you make a decision to change.
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