Hello I am asking this question for my father in law. He had a very serious back injury and was informed by the AME doctor that his injury would be at least 1 million dollars. From this he has only recieved one hundred and fifty thousand. He is wondering what can he do as his attorney says that is all he is getting and he is trying to find out exactly how much his settlement was for, so that he doesn't sue his attorney with out any proof of what he is owed. How can he find the amount he settled for and what or how can he find an attorney that will sue the other attorney for the rest of his money?
Thank you for any help.
Good grief. Never take legal advice from a doctor. Except when the doc says “Get a lawyer.”
This answer is intended as general information and not as specific legal advice.
All workers compensation settlements have to be approved by a workers compensation judge. He can ask his attorney for a copy of the settlement or he can contact the WCAB where his claim was filed and ask for a copy. Very few workers compensation cases are worth seven figures.
Go to I&A and talk to them. Ask for a copy of your settlement document.
I will say it's extremely unprofessional and possibly unethical for your AME to tell your father in law what he will make from his case. Your FIL might have misinterpreted something.
You don't want legal/financial advice from a doctor anymore than you would want an attorney to do your surgery. Who knows what the doctor meant or the basis for his non-medical opinion. That said, in my opinion nobody gets what they deserve in Workers Compensation Land (which is right next to Fantasy Land). Your F-I-L may want to speak with another attorney and get another perspective on the value of his case and his options.
Steven A Meline
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