What can do you when your lawyer ignores you? 9

Here’s the series so far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5  Part 6 Part 7 and Part 8.

When we last left this affair (Part 8), I said I’d be e-mailing Marc Mauser.

I didn’t. My repetitive difficulties trying to communicate with Dinkes & Schwitzer have gotten sort of boring, so I postponed contacting them until yesterday. Instead of an e-mail, I wrote a real letter.

I like real letters. I like my letterhead and my paper. I like to remind myself how to insert envelopes into my printer and enjoy the suspense as I wait to see whether the address prints on the wrong or right side.

And I especially like the Post Office and my mail-lady, Jerica. I like them a lot. I’d like them to be supported by the federal government, as they used to be, instead of the Republicans in federal government favoring their big donor shipping corporations like FedEx and UPS.

And I really love stamps. Did you know that stamps have always been designed by real life artists? That one of those real-life artists was the brilliant fantasy illustrator Edmund Dulac who did a picture that inspired a William Butler Yeats poem? And who, I just learned, went to law school for a couple of years?

In any case I did have a good reason to write to Marc and to mail the letter (using the spectacular “jazz” first class stamp), since there were enclosures I couldn’t send any other way. And since I’m aware someone at Dinkes & Schwitzer is reading (and being upset with) Sidebar, I could just post all communications here and never mind other methods.

Here’s the letter — which, per my earlier advice, I copied to William Schwitzer (remember, always send complaints to the top of the heap). Really, only the last line is significant:

Dear Marc:

Since I haven’t received your response to my last two e-mails, I’ll write letters from now on.

A week ago, I received another MSPRC letter listing the Medicare conditional payment amount to be reimbursed to Medicare out of the final settlement. This letter followed my January 20, 2012 response to the previous conditional Payment Summary Form, disputing quite a number of medical charges.

This last letter, dated February 27, did delete most of the incorrectly applied charges. One, however, remained. I called the MSPRC number and spoke to a woman who courteously deleted that one amount in their computer records, over the phone.

I just received confirmation, in a letter dated March 12, attaching a Payment Summary Form that is correct. As you’ll see from the enclosed letter, the total conditional charges for which Medicare must be reimbursed are $759.82. (You had all this information in your files; I sent all my records to Anthony Forgione on February 6, 2010.)

The MSPRC representative told me that she did not see my lawyer’s information in her computer. Therefore, I have no idea whether you are receiving these Medicare letters but suspect not: there is no “cc” to you at the bottom of the MSPRC letter.

Additionally, I still have not heard from you with a final settlement cost breakdown.  I need to see it before I pick up my file.

I find the continued lack of response from your firm inexplicable.

So what do you think? Do we hear or do we not hear? Eventually they should want to settle this case. After all, I did sign off on the settlement on November 3, 2011.

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