I'm pretty sure it was probono (where you pay nothing up front, right?) But over 2 weeks ago he informed us that we had a court date for today and that he would call us back the next week with the details. We haven't heard from him since. No phone calls, emails, or anything. We had to end up calling the clerk of supreme court just to find out that they have absolutely nothing that they can find for us. We've been trying every 15 minutes (not even exaggerating) for the past 3 days to get in touch with our lawyer and it constantly goes to voicemail. Is this legal? What should we do? Its a small claims court case regarding workers comp.
Your attorney should be communicating with you to make sure you are kept up to date. Especially if there is a court appearance involved. If it involves a workers compensation claim then you will need to contact the North Carolina Industrial Commission who has jurisdiction over these claims.
It is unlikely any small claims court would be involved in a workers compensation claim. If you go to the attorneys office and request a meeting to speak with you perhaps you can get some answers. The NC Industrial Commission is the State agency that administers all WC in NC. Call the Commission am find out if there is a Hearing calendared for you and if so when.
Try to set an appt to see your lawyer to find out what his expectations are and what you would like to see. Attorneys have a lot of cases and they typically use paralegals to help get the information out to the client if there is a hearing or other matter pending that needs the client to be notified. It is not realistic to expect weekly updates.
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I agree that you ought to get an appointment with your attorney face to fact to discuss. Hopefully you can resolve it. You should be able to get up with your attorney though
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