• Report: #905455

Complaint Review: Wattel &York Attorneys

  • Submitted: Sun, July 01, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, January 17, 2013

  • Reported By: Disable and disgrunted — Phoenix Arizona United States of America
Wattel &York Attorneys
2175N.Alma School Rd#. B107Chandler Az.85224 Chandler, Arizona United States of America

Wattel &York Attorneys Michael l.York,Jacob R. Podolsky, Adam V. Schenk I was forced by threay of suing me for these attorneys if i didn't accept a very bad settlement that was the result of a serious fall. They threatened to put a lean on my home if i didn't accept abou Chandler, Arizona

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I was injured about 6 years ago. A friend recommended Wattel & York to help me with my case. They said they'd take 1/3rd if I settled and 40% if I had to go to trial. After 3 years and constant x-rays ,therapy,and numerous other Doctor visits. It was time to either settle or go to court. I've interpreted personal injury cases before so I knew when they offered me only $35k for a legitimate injury that  it was not a fair offer.  I was to receive 2/3rd's but somehow my attorneys found away to up charge me an ex-tra 1/3 leaving me with a little over $12,000 so I told them I'd prefer to go to trial instead.Going to trial was originally given to me by my attorneys as an option. My attorneys threatened me! They said if I didn't accept the settlement that they'd put a lean on my home and then sue me for my home. I had already racked up so many doctor bills! I was affraid I'd lose my health insurance! I was losing work because the injury began to cripple me. I have x-rays to prove my case. I have arthritis thoughout my back due to being knocked down. They ignored my plees. I even said 1/3 isn't even a good % for all" your" efforts.They just wanted to settle ,collect and go on to the next case. So they found away to bilk me out of another 1/3rd. I've applied for disability-denied!!! They said, I'm not of the right ethnic background.

 Also to make matters worse , you consumers out there may not even know this. If you ever get a legal settlement(at least this happened with my health insurance company-Health Net of Az) once they are alerted that you have received any kind of $ from an injury case they will not pay anymore of your Doctor visits until you've spent the last dime of your settlement $. Forget about pain & suffering. They don't seem to have a formula for that so you have to spend all your settlement before they cover your next bill. Health Net raised my premiums 6-7x's and my deductable 3 x's with out any Birthday or any other real reason.. I couldn't afford health care anymore. I can't work anymore. I can't drive more than 1 hour without severe suffering. I gave up all sports that I loved. Insurance only takes your $. When you need help they find a way to deny you. I wish I would have takin these unscrupulous jaded attorneys to the State Board. It's too late now. They deserved to be disbarred,they ruined my life. I don't even have enough $ to try alternative medicine. 

 The problem is there are so many cases that are bogus, If people would stop clogging the courtrooms with illegitimate cases maybe someone like me could actually get a fair trial. Maybe the Attorneys would have believed me. I had x-rays and x-rays don't lie. What about the lady at Mc Donalds that dumped coffee in her lap? I'm sure she doesn't have a care in the world after winning all those millions. we do need Tork reform so that legitimate cases get a fair chance. All I can do now is give you all out there some advice that cost me my quality of life. 1) Interview many Attorneys. 2) Get referals of people who had simular cases and won. 3) If you don't get an attorney who is very sure he will win your case, don't sue. Yes, don't sue. As soon as your insurance finds out you are in litigation they immediately start raising your premiums. if you can't work( like me) you won't even be able to pay the co-pays. 4) most important don't go to Wattel & York. They gave me so much hope.

Instead I lost my health, my health insurance, my hopes and dreams and most of all my dignity. I also paid into S.S all my life and they treat me like a homeless woman begging for what actually is a benefit I paid for all my life. What's even worse as you know in AZ. we have so many illegal aliens here and they get better health care than I do. That last statement is not meant to be political or remotely racist, I just want the same benefits that are permanent guests recieve. I was royally screwed by Health Net Insurance (BTW most Doctors don't accept Health Net anymore, I was told Access is far better) .Most of all I was totally railroaded by the Attorneys at Wattel& York. They cheated,strong armed me, and blackmailed me(with losing my home) into accepting an insulting offer,that thus far is less than $2,000 per year for a $200k injury thus far and I'm not near regaining my back health. Please, Sir public don't go to them, you'll lose more than your case.

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Firm's Response to Complaint

AUTHOR: Michael L. York - (United States of America)

It is unknown at this time who this client is, or what the nature of the case was.  The complainant correctly points out that he/she could have lodged a formal complaint with the Arizona State Bar. The State Bar would have investigated the matter.  This individual, for whatever reason, chose not to lodge a complaint with the State Bar.

With respect to the allegation that this firm, or its attorneys, threatened this individual in any way, or threatened to "put a lien against their home if they did not settle," that is simply outrageous on its face. There is no legal mechanism by which a lawyer could place a lien on someone's home because they were unwilling to accept a settlement offer.  Again, if true, the State Bar would have investigated the matter.  This individual's claim that it is now "too late" is an excuse.  It is never "too late" to report an attorney's unethical behavior.  The more likely reason this individual did not report the complaint to the State Bar is that he/she has absolutely no factual basis to support the allegations.

It is quite easy to post random negative comments regarding a company on a website such as this because no specifics are demanded, and the person or company being attacked has to defend against and/or rebut general allegations, which is nearly impossible.  Names are protected, and no other identifying information is required.  However, here it is quite easy to see that this individual, whoever it is, was also not found to be "disabled" or perhaps not "credible" by Social Security given that benefits were denied. 

This person is clearly not happy with the outcome of their claim/case.  I am sorry for that.  This firm strives to represent injured individuals, and to maximize their recovery.  We do not "twist arms" or "threaten to take client's homes" if they do not wish to settle their case.  In fact, this firm is well known as a firm that actively litigates cases rather than advising their clients to settle.  Having said that, we will not hesitate to advise a client to settle when the facts and law do not support their claim, or where continued pursuit of the matter is not in their interest.  I assume that is what happened here, and this client simply did not want to hear it.  Without knowing the facts and circumstances, it is difficult to say what happened here, but again, it appears as though another agency also found this person's claims to be unsupported in fact or law.

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