I cannot answer your question about whether Pete will owe the atty any money or not. It all depends on the wording in the Contract that he signed. If he signed one agreeing to an hourly type arrangement, still the atty should have very little in time in the file and I would boot the guy regardless. They did not do as they said they would end end of story. If it was a contingency Contract he should not owe the guy a dime. I would suggest to anyone to never pay an atty up front to handle a SS claim. We have had a couple of people on here that paid attys that way. Never hire one on an hourly basis either. Always stick with a straight contingency Contract. Meaning you win at my hearing and get paid out of my past due benefits and if you lose I do not owe you a dime. That is the only way to do it.
Pete has the right to can this firm and should, but now is the time to do it and not let alot of time go by. I am just glad it was not the actual hearing that got screwed up.
Pete did not have a hearing set before an ALJ. It was an informal meeting to go over forms and that sort of thing. I was given the choice of doing that meeting like Pete's at the SS office or doing a telephone interview. I am so glad Pete went to the meeting. It gave him a better understanding I think and he got alot of info straigtened out on his claim. Best to correct mistakes in the beginning.
I like many others have wondered why SS does not have more ALJ's to handle hearings. I don't think any of us will ever see an overhaul with SS in our lifetime. It needs one. We get visiting ALJ's in from time to time to help out with the case load here.
Unfortunately, we live in a political world with lots of rats and vermin running amuck. They make decisions for us every day. Big business backed worker's comp reform here in 1991, they bought the swing votes. The ins companies kept telling them by doing this their ins premiums would drop and more companies could afford wc insurance. Many were insured thru the risk pools and paying out the wazoo or just going bare and not having wc ins. They are not required by law here to carry comp/ In this reform, they took away the injured worker's right to a jury trial and totally screwed the injured worker. They did the same on tort reform in 1995 and placed hideous caps on medical malpractice claims. They put a cap of $250,000.00 the most you can get if a dr kills you. Its pathetic what has happened. I have seen some terrible things as a result of a patient receiving sub-standard care.
I do intend on jacking with this dentist. I am going to see another dentist and let him assess things. If he tells me I should not have had a crown put on that tooth, I still will not have case to sue him over. Its based on damages, my damages would be considered low, it would cost more to perfect the claim than its worth, sad but true. Its very costly to sue someone. But, I do have ideas and ways of doing some things to him. All I want is my money back pure & simple. It is so difficult suing a dr for malpractice unless he kills you, then the estate can do something as long as there is an expert report within 60 days days saying the dr messed up. Experts are so darn expensive, thousands of dollars. So, with the caps in place now, the expenses involved to fund the claim the people walk away with so little for such a hideous act. They are never fully compensated. They promised the drs in Tx their malpractice premiums would go down,lol. they continued to sky rocket. We have actually lost many drs in Tx because they cannot afford the premiums for ins., the rural areas are really suffering with dr shortages.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.