My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: nc
My lawyer seems to be rushing my case all of a sudden...I initially hired one law firm and for whatever reason my case was switched to another...supposedly because the initial firm doesn't handle trials, they out source them to a particular firm. Since my case was switched to the trial firm seems have seemed a little odd with my lawyer. I was recently told there was a coding error with my bills and I was over charged. I am a disabled veteran and the error stemmed from the VA billing system. My total (including emergency room) bills went from 60k+ to around 10-11k...my lost wages were around $1,200.
So, my lawyer calls about a month ago and says they're offering 16,000, I'll get them to go to 20,000 though do I have your authority....I say yes. I get an email earlier this week saying he settled the case for 16,000 and I walk away with 4,000. Now, the total cost of my medical bills 5,200 and legal expenses are around 1,200.
My lawyer has always told me that he would receive less than me and I would get a third NOT a quarter (this is in my contract). My lawyer's secretary called yesterday to have me come in and sign the agreement so she could deposit the check in their account. Luckily, something came up, my intuition and gut told me something isn't right with all of this. I went to spent with my local veteran's affairs liaison about contacting the billing department at the Va in which I owe, and gained a wealth of information from this nice lady. I told her the particulars of the case and she stated it seems like this guy is trying to rush and get paid. She explained her experience with a car accident in great detail...she walked away with 12k for a wrist injury and whiplash....she settled for 25k. I sustained head, back, hip, and shoulder injuries. I received painful proliferent injections in my spine and temple for migraine headaches. I was hit on the highway by a careless driver, knocked into on coming traffic on the opposite side of the highway and I am only alive by the grace of God.
There's so much to say, but anyway said all that to say this....I haven't signed anything and I will not sign any settlement that isn't fair to me. I'm convinced I'm better served by going to trial and have always felt this way. I've made concessions for my lawyer's incite but he never does what he says and he's good at selling you a dream and never delivering. Do I have to accept the agreement legally eventhough my lawyer has come to an agreement with the adjuster and the check and paperwork are in???
Lastly, I have no need for the money and my trial is scheduled for January. I've been waiting 21 months now for this to be settled. Their initial offer was 12k and now they've came up to 16k...this is totally disrespectful in my opinion and seems like an offer someone desperate would take. Any incite about lawyers rushing for a settlement and scamming clients would be appreciated and if you can tell me whether or not I have the right to tell my lawyer to proceed with trial at this point. Thank you for your time