Hi dear attorney. my girlfriends poor old grandma slipped and fell in subway and the attorney and the paralegal have been jerking them for appx. 2 years. They keep brushing it off and ignoring calls and extending day by day without an answer/status. I got upset and i told my girlfriend i will call and I did and i was pissed and told the girl who answered the phone that i have been attempting to get status for my grandma and have been jerked around and ignored by the paralegal, which i really have. He would say, "call me later, I am not in the office, call me in an hour" and so on.... so I got pissed and decided to calll the office.
I told the girl that i am sick of being treated like a child and I need an answer or I will take legal action. Then the attorney questioned me about what legal action I will take and I said well I need status and if you will not give it to me I am going to get a lawyer and take legal action.
Do I have a right to do this? THANK YOU SO MUCH
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2 Answers from Attorneys
Not sure if you do or not. You might have a malpractice claim, well grandmother might, or you might not. Can't tell from the info you provide. You absolutely have a grievence that the State Bar would be interested in, however.
The attorney has no obligation to give you a status on the case because you are not his client. He has an obligation to his client though. You got have the grandma/client call for status or get an authorization from grandma that she is giving you permission to get status of the case so you can call on her behalf. There may be other remedies available as well. You won't get into trouble for saying what you said. The attorney probably would not take you seriously anyways.