I agree with my colleagues. I would recommend that you contact the lawyer one last time to see if you are missing something. As far as the case which enhance between lawyers and the same law firm, that is usually not a problem. Some of the other complaints that you had are a better basis for a malpractice action.
You should look on AVVO to find a legal malpractice attorney. They will need to review the records and determine exactly what happened. Best of luck.
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By what you describe you were not adequately informed about the progress of your case. The case was in its final stage at the time of the arbitration since the court arbitration program requires a $200 fee to seek a trial de novo in NJ. We do not know the result of this arbitration. But quite candidly it sounds like the lawyer may have been negligent (committed malpractice) but cases involving only 3 bulging discs does not yet sound like it has too much value. This is said without knowing the treatments you had, the problems you have now, the type of insurance (Lawsuit Limitation?), the result of the arbitration, etc... so yes check with another lawyer asap but do not be too surprised if interest is low. Good Luck...
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