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Q: Can I sue lawyer for not doing there job? For causing emotional distress?and messing up case?

August of last year I was in a major car accident in front of a police officer and the carless driver was given a citation while I was taken to the ER. I went to a lawyers office and met with the receptionist who took my statement and got started with therapy right away around December we heard from the receptionist that the insurance agreed to take 75% responsibility and my lawyers were going to fight for the full 100% we got a call back in February with a copy of demand for medical bills and just 6-8 weeks ago they agreed to a horrible settlement and I lost work due to this and went under a great deal of stress depression and now I’m going to a therapist and my lawyers sent me over a release agreement stating that the driver that caused the wreck is not responsible and they did not even fight for any pain and suffering when I tried to go to there office I was locked out while they sat in there office laughing and 3 weeks later I still have no check after signing off on the release.

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Edward X. Clinton, Jr

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A: You can only sue a lawyer for economic damages, meaning the money you lost due to the representation. Did you sign the release? if you did, you may be able to receive a settlement check.

The settlement must be agreed to by you as well. If the lawyer did not have your authority to settle, find a new lawyer to handle the case if possible.

However, if you are simply backing out of the deal that you made, you should reconsider and take the money.

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