Q: My injury case was settled but I never got my money part (maritime). I want to make a new case for Malpractice.

My injury case was onboard a cruise line ship and this case is on Brevard County Court.

For the new case I want to have for Malpractice occurred in Lantana, Lake Worth.

2 Lawyer Answers
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: There isn't enough information to form any judgment on what happened here in terms of the handling of the case. But as a GENERAL matter in maritime and other types of injury cases, there are factors that could sometimes delay payment to a plaintiff. Some of these are not within the control of a law firm. If there were liens being asserted against the award in your case, that could cause delays. A common source of liens is medical services. These can take time to satisfy, especially if they involve public agencies. But even private insurance liens can take time to reconcile with claims subrogation departments. These are just some general elements that could cause delays. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Gregory C. Maaswinkel
Gregory C. Maaswinkel
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  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: There may be many reasons why you may not have received your settlement money including liens against the settlement money that still need to be resolved. Assuming there are no liens to be paid from the settlement money and that the settlement check was already received by your attorney and that your attempts to speak with your attorney did not work, consider contacting the Florida Bar Association to initiate a grievance. Depending upon the amount of the settlement, a legal malpractice attorney may or may not be interested in assisting.

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