My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Illinois
I paid an out-of-state attorney (locating in IL, I am in CA) to prosecute a case on my behalf. The flat-fee arrangement was for him to:
1) Author the court document.
2) File the court document.
3) Go to court to appear before a judge along with the defendant.
The attorney required me to prepay their flat-rate legal fee and the court-filing fee. Before I sent the check, the attorney responded to my emails instantly. Now that the check has cleared, the attorney has been slow to respond. He sent to me a draft document that contained 26 spelling errors. I sent back the document along with correction and now I'm not getting any replies at all. My emails and phone calls are being ignored and it's been weeks.
Was I dumb to pre-pay the attorney?
Was I dumb to get a referral from a law firm?
What could I have done to protect myself?
I fear that I lost all the money I pre-paid, which represents a financial hardship for me. That payment had depleted my savings.
Does anyone have any advice for me on what I can do other than to keep trying to contact the attorney?
I accused the lawyer of taking the money and running, but I guess no response after a week is okay and is just a "slow" response. When does "slow to respond" become "never responded"? How many unanswered emails do I need to send before I can conclude that I've been had?