a lawyer settles but there was no negotions with either the lawyer or insurance company and they got settlement based on the billing sent but he has been withholding the payment to me for over 4 months. He tried cutting down payment to an hourly rate which i turned down, now he is saying he will only pay what he says the insurance company usually negotiates for massage.There was no mention of negotions of any type until after he got the settlement. I need to know if this is an ethical or fraudulent issue on the part of the lawyer. he got a settlement from insurance company based on the billing amount not a negotiated rate which means the insurance company did not negotiate down they settled based on the amount he provided to them. Is there anything I can do to get payment?The client signed a lein which stated that the rates billed are standard insurance rates..which is the same evrywhere.this lawyer had all the information before going to court, He did not contact me with any negotions on the amount billed. He has tried a number of things in order to not pay the full amount which tells me he is grasping at straws to keep some of the settlement at my expense. and to my knowledge, the client is not happy that the lawyer has not paid.
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