You have to decide what it is that you want to accomplish. If you want to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else, you report the conduct immediately. This may be criminally fraudulent, in which case criminal prosecution may also include restitution to you. This would also probably involve the loss of his license to practice. Unless punitive damages are allowed in a civil action, it would probably not be worthwhile suing the attorney directly. Good luck.
I am sorry to learn of this unfortunate situation . I suggest that you contact The Florida Bar disciplinary counsel and file a complaint against any attorney involved in this matter, including the referring attorney, who has full responsibility with the handling attorney, to see to it that you are treated fairly and appropriately. There is also a Client Security Fund maintained by The Florida Bar which could compensate you, if necessary, in the event you have lost money because of improper dealings by your attorneys.
The Florida Bar provides a toll-free number for the their lawyer regulation/complaints division which is 866 – 352 – 0707.
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The answer would depend on whether you are in suit or have settled your claim prior to suit. If in suit you could send a letter to the Judge and ask for a hearing in front of the Judge. By calling the Judge's secretary in a few days after sending the letter you could obtain a hearing date. You would have to send a letter to your lawyer for him to attend. The other option would be to fire your lawyer and hire a new lawyer to get to the bottom of your issues. If the lawyer has deceived you with one bill, there may be other issues of deception. Your new lawyer will explain what you will owe contractually to your recently fired lawyer. It certainly sounds like your lawyer has breached many ethical standards which he owes you and will face discipline by the Florida Bar. If you do not know a lawyer to hire you can go on line to the Florida Bar sight and they will suggest a lawyer for you.
If your settlement has occurred before filing suit then you would follow the above suggestions without seeking help from a Judge because there would not be one assigned to your case.
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