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When Your Illinois Work Comp Legal professional Sucks


I had a really attention-grabbing name with an injured employee not too long ago that was going by means of a novel scenario. Her case was set for trial and as she was getting ready for trial she felt her legal professional was a bit off. So she regarded him up and found that he’s not licensed to apply legislation. I can’t inform you sufficient how vastly stunning that is because it’s a possible felony and this individual works at a well-known agency.

So what it looks like is that this former legal professional is working and simply hasn’t advised anybody that he misplaced his license.

Whereas that is an excessive instance, it’s not the primary time we’ve seen an legal professional doing a extremely unhealthy job and it received’t be the final. Normally it comes right down to mendacity, not being ready, not understanding the case or the legislation or one thing terrible like not displaying up for courtroom.

What I inspired the caller to my workplace to do, since her case was older, is report her legal professional to each the ARDC (the State lawyer licensing board) and to the boss of her lawyer. My guess is that the boss has no concept this man misplaced his license. He’d probably be horrified to search out out that it’s occurring and that this legal professional is placing his agency in danger together with doubtlessly exposing them to a authorized malpractice lawsuit for mishandling of circumstances (that doesn’t seem to have occurred on this case thankfully).

Whereas this caller would have hassle discovering a brand new legal professional as a result of age of the case, in the event you’ve been extra not too long ago injured and/or don’t have a settlement supply, the opposite factor to do is get a brand new lawyer. It prices nothing to you to modify corporations. Very often when your work comp legal professional sucks they’re both the pinnacle man and burned out/unhealthy at what they do or somebody youthful who’s at a agency that accepts that kind of horrible work efficiency. This caller is exclusive in that I believe there’s an opportunity to get a greater legal professional on the agency to take over. Hopefully that really occurs.

What you may’t do is sit again and ignore nonsense, assume it’s acceptable or hope it goes away. You don’t need to be a jerk, but it surely’s completely acceptable to make a name to the pinnacle associate or your dealing with legal professional and specific your issues. You’re the buyer and they need to ship customer support to you.

That doesn’t imply they do all the things you need or are on name 24/7. It does imply that they advocate for you and that one thing shady, like working towards legislation with no license, shouldn’t occur.

And at last, a warning story about switching earlier than it’s too late. One case we nearly bought concerned in, however didn’t concerned a downstate lawyer who the consumer felt wasn’t doing a job, however she “didn’t wish to be a ache or a hassle.” Lengthy story quick is that he settled her case and ran off with over $60,000 owed to her. That is one other excessive instance and hopefully she’s going to get it again by means of a lawsuit in opposition to his associate. However in my expertise, unhealthy attorneys don’t instantly flip it round. Should you see pink flags and ignore them, in the end the unhealthy result’s on you in some methods.

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