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        Should Our Attorney Know the Insurance Company Went Bankrupt?

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        Question:

        My husband was injured 9 years ago. His case was finally won in September of 2002 after years and years of appeals. We are now told today that the insurance company has gone bankrupt and that the money is now backed by the State of illinois.

        We have some serious doubts about the way our lawyer has handled the case. We would like another lawyer to review the records to make sure everything is on the up and up.

        The insurance company had offered settlements, was it not up to our lawyer to tell us the insurance company was going bankrupt?

        So much of this makes no sense. This is a well-known group of attorneys in Chicago and we would like some advice.

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        My Divorce Attorney Worked Against Me

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Question:

        I need to preface a bit, before asking my question. I do realize most attorneys look down with disdain upon former clients of lawyers (even if unethical in conduct) for seeking help, however hope you will please be unbiased in your thinking.

        Given that it is realistically an impossible feat for a wronged former client especially without means for counsel to prevail in the court of a lawyer’s own peer stomping grounds even if the said lawyer was unethical… in my search for justice the consumer fraud laws seemed like my best shot.

        However, I read that in 2002 the OHIO revised consumer laws exempted attorneys from accountability for deceptive business practice. Since I am only a layman, it is extremely difficult for me to find and interpret laws, etc… would you know if the Ohio consumer protection laws have changed in any way in this case? Or if there is any manner within those consumer laws if I could still find recourse?

        I “had” by my own lawyer in my suit against my husband of 32 years for divorce who found it more advantageous for her to work rather against myself her client than work for me in what should have been a no-brainer prevailing case containing substantial marital wealth which was straight forward. And please give me the benefit of the doubt that I speak with objective truth. Appreciate ahead any thoughts.

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        Is it too Late to File Suit for a Dog Bite Injury 16 Years Old?

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        Question:

        My daughter was bitten in the face by a dog when she was 5.

        The owners of the dog were renting their home at the time and didn’t have insurance. Our attorney at the time said we should wait until our daughter was old enough to file her own lawsuit. She will turn 21 in Sept of 2003. Her bite was very extensive requiring 5 surgeries.

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        We’d Like to Change Attorneys

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Question:

        We recently filed a lawsuit since my father-in-law lost his life in a defective truck that exploded at the moment of impact.

        We have a lawyer, but I think that the deal is not going so well with him and I’m afraid he will rip us up if we don’t do something about it.

        We are seeking for some orientation on this matter because we would like to change lawyers. So far the suit has been filed at the county court. What can you tell me about our case?

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        I Settled Too Soon!

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Question:

        I was walking on the sidewalk and was struck by a vehicle that lost control. My first instinct was to jump when I heard the tires screeching, and by doing this, the vehicle struck my left leg (particularly my ankle) and lifted me up so high that I flew through a nearby barber shop window.

        I was rushed to the hospital and barely lived due to major loss of blood.

        An 18yr old male was the driver of the auto, and he was under his father’s insurance policy.  After suing and only getting $25K ($16,500 after my Lawyer received his share) in exchange for 65 days of my life spent in a hospital bed, now more than ever, after I closed the case, and collected the settlement, my ankle has been bothering me now more than ever.  I would not have closed the case if I would have understood the severity of my injury, but with poor guidance, I did.

        Now, I am trying to find out if there is any possible way I can reopen the case, or even go after the insurance company this time.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thank you very much whomever you may be for taking your time to become a party of my life, just by reading this you have.

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        What is a Contingency Fee?

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        What is a Contingency Fee?

        When a person is injured and considering hiring an attorney, they often question whether or not they can afford legal representation, and ask, “Do I need to pay an attorney up front?”

        In many cases, the injured person will try (often unsuccessfully) to manage their own circumstances because they believe they cannot afford representation.

        In cases of personal injury, most experienced and reputable firms offer what’s called a Contingency Fee contract to eliminate any financial concerns about attorney fees and other costs up front.

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